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Computers & The Internet

Accessibility

JAWS (Job Access with Speech), for the visually impaired, is available at the Collins Main Library. JAWS "reads" written word on the screen, converting it to spoken word. Ask for PC 28 on the second floor. A high visibility keyboard and headphones are available with this computer. Staff is happy to assist patrons interested in using JAWS.

Internet and WiFi

Free internet access is available on public computers at the Main library and all branch libraries. Each library also offers free Wi-Fi.

Library card-holders may have multiple one-hour sessions. Library users without library cards may request a guest pass, good for two 1-hour sessions. Additional guest passes may be provided.

Please read our Library Internet Safety Policy for a more complete policy and procedure.

Also read Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks: an Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.

Laptops

Laptops are available at all library locations and can be checked out for 3 hours for use within the library. A patron can only have 1 laptop checked out at a time.

To check out a laptop, patrons must be at least 18 years old. Patrons must present their library card and driver's license (or other state issued ID card with birth date). Library cards must be current and fine free.

Photocopying

Coin-operated black and white and color photocopiers are available at all library locations. Copiers also print JPEG, PDF, and TIFF files using a flash drive.

Printing

Black and white printing from library computers is available at ten cents a page, cash only. Library cardholders receive ten free pages a day by signing on to public computers using their library card.  

Mobile printing is available at all library locations. Library cardholders receive ten free pages a day; otherwise, mobile printing is cash only.

Instructions for mobile printing.

Scanning

Coin-operated scanning to flash drive is available at all library locations.

Typewriters

Available at Collins Main Library, Dr. B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch, Jane G. Sauls Ft. Braden Branch, and Northeast Branch.

WiFi Hotspots

Portable WiFi Hotspots are available for checkout for 2 weeks. There is a 500mb/day data usage limit. There are no renewals.

Follow the link for an Estimated Data Usage Chart for a general idea of data usage (for reference only). Please read the Mobile Hotspot Checkout Policy.