Central Library is a hub for technology access and training. Every year, Central hosts hundreds of digital literacy classes, its public computers facilitate over 350,000 user sessions, and its free wireless network supports over 500,000 connections.
Public Computing and Printing
You can access public computers and printers throughout Central Library:
- The Central Library Computer Center (3rd floor) contains 50 PC desktops and a printer.
- The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons (1st floor) has 10 iMac computers, 15 PC desktops and a printer. The iMacs are equipped with software including Adobe Creative Cloud applications, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie and GarageBand and offer a minimum of 60-minute sessions. Two of the PCs are designated as "design" workstations, and also feature Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
- The Youth Wing (1st floor) offers 8PC desktops available during all Central open hours. The Youth Wing's Teen Tech Loft features 27 PC desktops and is accessible 3pm-closing on Monday-Friday and all open hours on Saturday and Sunday.
- There are twelve PC desktop computer workstations and a printer in Society, Sciences & Technology Division (2nd floor) and seven PC desktop computer workstations in the Languages & Literature Division (1st floor).
- The Business & Career Center (2nd floor) loans laptops to patrons working on resumes, job search, business research, or other business- and job-related pursuits.
- Reserving public computers is free with a BPL library card. You can also purchase a guest card ($3 for all ages), which is active for 48 hours and entitles you to a total of two computing sessions over those two days.
Computers in the Information Commons and adult subject divisions are dedicated for research, job search and software use. They block streaming video, social networks and online games.
Need to do some printing? Put some cash on your card using one of our Library Card Kiosks, found on 1st floor lobby, 2nd floor near the Flatbush wing, and Computer Center on the 3rd floor. Photocopiers are available on the second and third floors. Double-sided printing is possible only when printouts are released from any of the photocopiers (not printers) in the building. Black and white printing and photocopies are $0.10 per side and color printing and photocopies: $0.50 per side.
Other Technology and Resources:
- Digital microfilm readers are located on the second floor balcony, in the Popular Library (2nd floor). Please bring your own USB drive to save your work. An analog microfilm reader is availble in the Brooklyn Collection (2nd floor).
- 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.
- KIC digital scanners are located in the Info Commons and Popular Library (2nd floor). You can scan documents and email them as attachments or save them to your USB drive or Google Drive account. Available file types include PDF, TIF, JPG and RTF. Photocopiers on the second and third floors also offer a scanning function.
- You may also fax from the scanners in the Info Commons and Popular Library. Scan in and fax your documents to anywhere in the U.S. Faxing is a free service and you do not need a library card.
- Digitization equipment is also available in the Info Commons to convert analog media (VHS videocassettes, audiocassettes and vinyl records) to digital files.
- Typewriters are located in the Popular Library (2nd floor).
- The History, Biography & Religion Division (2nd floor) has a Clearview C desktop magnifier. This assistive technology allows magnification and high contrast viewing for patrons with low-vision and reading disabilities. It also has sophisticated optical character recognition (OCR), which can convert printed text from various languages to speech that outputted in a number of voices and saved as an image or MP3 file. View the the quick guide (PDF) here.
- All meeting rooms in the Info Commons offer a flatscreen display.
- The Info Commons has an amateur recording studio featuring an iMac computer for multimedia editing, a microphone, a DSLR camera and other equipment.
- All public computers at Central Library offer access to JSTOR and ArtSTOR, subscription research databases accessible only at Central. The twelve computers in Society, Sciences & Technology provide access to Foundation Center Database. A number of subscription-only business websites can be accessed through the Business & Career Center laptops.