The library has computers for public use located throughout the building.
Computer workstations are equipped with the following standard software:
Internet connections, Microsoft Office suite (including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint), various media players, and accessibility software. Please inquire at the Reference desk for more information about accessibility tools or if you would like some assistance.
- To use a public computer, you must have a current and active library card, and not owe $10 or more in fines.
- Please view the library's Internet Access and Safety policy.
- USB and other flash storage drives and devices may be used with our public computers. These items, along with headphones, are available for purchase at the circulation or reference desks; headphones cost $2.00 and USB flash drives are $8.00.
NOTE: All of the library's public PCs are equipped with privacy software that purges all session data and stored information upon conclusion of each session. Please make sure you have the ability to save any documents you create to either a remote storage space, or on an external device (such as USB flash drive) before you begin your work or computer session.
The library has vision-assisting software and hardware available for those who require it. Please ask at the Reference or Circulation desks for more information.
The library has limited set of Chromebooks to lend to patrons. To borrow a laptop, a patron must be age 18 or over and have a library card in good standing. Laptops may be borrowed for up to 21 days, one laptop per user per month. Please review the library's full Laptop Lending and User Agreement for more details.
Come in to the library to use our free wireless services with your laptop, smartphone, or tablet!
Please view our Internet Access and Safety policy for more information.
- CW MARS patrons with library cards in good standing may borrow Wi-Fi Hotspots from the library for up to three weeks.
- Our hotspots are T-Mobile brand, and they enable patrons to connect their mobile devices to the internet anywhere that is covered by T-Mobile's service network. For more information about borrowing a Wi-Fi hotspot and our usage policy, please view the library's Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending policy. Check the library's catalog to view hotspot availability.
The library offers printing and copying at a low cost, and scanning for free!
- Printing: You may print from library-owned computers at a cost of $0.15 per black and white page or $0.30 per color page. Wireless printing is also available, but only in black and white; please see the "Print from Anywhere Services" instructions below.
- Photocopying: The library has several photocopiers available for public use. The cost is $0.15 per page for black and white documents or $0.30 per page for color.
- Scanning: The library offers free, self-service document scanning to patrons. The library printers require use of a compatible USB drive to scan, as scanning to email is not available. The volume of documents patrons may scan at any one time may be limited during peak times of printer/scanner usage. Patrons may purchase ($8.00) or temporarily borrow a USB drive from the Reference Desk.
- Faxing: The library does not have a fax machine for patron use, however, the reference staff can assist patrons with scanning documents (see above) and faxing them over the internet, using either a patron's Gmail account or a third party website, though the latter may be limited in number of pages that can be sent at one time.
Print From Anywhere Services
After following the instructions for one of the options below, your print job should be available for release for up to eight hours on the same day from the print station on the 2nd floor of the library (the queue is cleared at the end of the day).
NOTE: "Print from Anywhere" services can only print in black and white ($0.15 per page) and shut down 30 minutes before the library closes.
There are three ways to "Print from Anywhere" to the library print station:
- To print a downloaded file, send the document through our Patron Printing services:
- Enter your email address, upload the document, and click the green button to submit.
- If you have multiple documents to print, you will need to complete this process separately for each one.
- To print an email or email attachment, simply forward the email with the attachment(s) to the print release station at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The email and the attachment(s) should appear in the print queue as separate documents so that you have the option to print only one if desired.
- To use this method, the document must be attached to the email as a file. If the document is linked in the body of the email, it will not print. In this case, download the file to your device and use method #1.
- To print from a mobile device, download the PrinterOn mobile printing app for iOS or Android. These apps have access to any PrinterOn mobile printer; the print release terminal at the Shrewsbury Public Library is listed as "SPL Main Branch."