The Library has fifteen general-use computers in the Adult Reference Area for the use of patrons over the age of 12. These computers have internet access as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft Office programs. If you need a specific program, please ask a librarian.
Q.) What do I need to use a computer?
A.) You must have your valid library card, which must be in good standing, or some other form of identification. If your library card is not from this library, it may hold reciprocal privileges. If you do not have a library card that can be used, you may be issued a visitor card; please ask at the Reference Desk.
Q.) When can I use a computer?
A.) Computers are available on a "first come, first served" basis during the library's operating hours. All public computers automatically shut down about ten minutes before the library closes. A sign-up station is used when all the computers are occupied.
Q.) How much time do I get on a computer?
A.) Each computer session is 1 hour. Patrons are allowed a total of four one-hour sessions per day. Sessions can be combined as long as capacity allows.
Q.) What about printing?
A.) You can print up to five pages per day at no charge. Additional pages are 10¢ each. Payment is done at the front circulation desk, using the library (or visitor) card you use to log into the computer. We can only accept cash for printing payments, and these payments cannot be refunded. Printing is only available in black ink, on the library-provided 8½" x 11" paper.
Q.) What about saving my work?
A.) Please bring your own disk/flash drive if you need to save anything. The library does not give out or sell disks. The library computers are not equipped to save to CDs.
Q.) Can I listen to something on the library computers?
A.) You may plug in your own headphones at any public computer. The library does not provide headphones, and the computers are not equipped with speakers.
*Please note that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following may not be accurate.*
Our Reference Room also has a research computer dedicated to database use with access to JerseyClicks, EBSCOHost, HeritageQuest, and other research tools including a microfilm reader. The librarian is available for assistance with this machine.
We have a public scanner connected to a first-come, first-served computer; all other computer rules apply. Please bring a flash drive to save your scans if you do not wish them to be saved onto the computer (scanned items will need to be saved before being emailed or printed).
While in (and directly outside) the library, you may connect automatically to our wireless service with your personal laptop or other wireless device, no password needed. This service is courtesy of Power to Learn Internet Services, Cablevision, the New Jersey State Library, and Infolink, the Eastern NJ Library Cooperative. Power to Learn Internet Services and Cablevision have provided an acceptable use policy that can be obtained in the library.
Teen Room Computers
The computers in the Teen Room are available on school day afternoons or during school breaks for the exclusive use of students in grades 6-12: all teenagers in these grades are asked to sign up with the librarian in this room when it is open for them (usually from 2:30 until 6:00 p.m., when school is in session).
Children's Room Computers
The eight computers in the Children's Room are for kids under the age of 13. They can be used for browsing, gaming, or doing homework. Any child wishing to use a computer must sign up with the librarian.