Central Library

Public Technology at Central Library

Computer Use and Printing

Central Library offers free computer use as well as other technology services to the public. A library card or guest pass ($3 for all ages) is necessary to sign up for a computer session. Black and white printing is 10 cents per side, and color printing is 50 cents per side. Photocopiers are available on the second and third floors and charge 10 cents per side for black and white copying, and 50 cents per side for color. Double-sided printing is possible only when printouts are released from any of the photocopiers (not printers) in the building.

If you bring your own computer or other device, you can connect to free unsecured wireless Internet access anywhere in the building. With an active BPL library card, you can also send documents to a BPL printer remotely from your own device (instructions), at the same costs listed above.

Central Library Computer Center

Computer CenterComputers for general Internet use are located in the 50-seat Computer Center on the third floor. These computers use the Windows 7 operating system and feature Microsoft Office 2010 applications, learning tools such as Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 16, and creative software such as Audacity and Windows Live Movie Maker.

Computers in the Divisions

Computers for research and job hunting are located in the following divisions: Languages & Literature, Society, Sciences & Technology, and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons. The following sites and services have been blocked: streaming video, social networks (with the exception of LinkedIn), chat, online games, and adult sites. You can use these computers to access Microsoft Office applications, job and career websites, email, BPL databases, and news and information sites.

The Tech Loft, a 36-seat computer center for children and teens up to age 16, is located in the Youth Wing.

A computer with access to the Rosetta Stone language-learning program is available in the Languages and Literature Division.

Four computers with free access to Ancestry Library Edition are available in the Brooklyn Collection reading room during the Brooklyn Collection's open hours.

The twelve computers in Society, Sciences & Technology feature access to the Foundation Center Online Database.

Multimedia and Design Resources

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons offers iMac workstations for audiovisual and design projects. There is also an amateur recording studio with a camera, microphones, and an iMac editing station. A SMART Board is available in Meeting Room 4, and patrons may borrow a cable to connect to their own computer for full interactive functionality. See a full list of public technology in the Info Commons.

Other Technology

Microfilm readers are located on the second floor balcony, in the Popular Library and the Brooklyn Collection. A digital microfilm scanner is also available in the Brooklyn Collection during their open hours. Please bring your own USB drive to save your work.

A scanner is located in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons. You can scan documents and email them as attachments or save them to your USB drive or Google Drive account. Available filetypes include PDF, TIF, JPG, and RTF. The photocopiers (located on the second and third floors) also offer a scanning function.

Two typewriters are located in the Popular Library.

History, Biography & Religion has a VideoEye magnifier

Digitization equipment is available in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons to convert analog media (VHS videocassettes, audiocassettes and vinyl records) to digital files.