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Public Computing and WiFi

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How many computers do we have?
There are currently 8 computers available in the Reading Room. Computers may be used for 45 minutes per day at this time.

Who may use the computers?
All adults, and any students 7th grade and up, may use the computers in the Computer Center. Children not yet in 7th grade may use the computers in the Children’s Room.

How do I sign up? How long can I stay on?
Simply choose any available computer and sign in with a name or library card number. There is a 45 minute time limit per session, which may not be extended.

What policy and guidelines does the library have for Internet use?
Internet use and safety policy.

Can I get help with the computers?
Absolutely. While we generally can’t provide in-depth training, we can provide simple guidance and instruction. If the staff member who’s on duty can’t help, he or she may be able to call someone who can, or tell you when someone who can help will be at the desk. Tasks that require extensive assistance may best be completed through a Tech One-on-One reservation. Tech one-on-ones for more extensive help are currently being conducted virtually. Click here to schedule an appointment.

What if I know how to use the Internet, but I’m not finding what I want?
You may go to the South Wing for assistance in finding specific information.

Do you have computer classes?
Yes we do. Watch the library calendar for dates! The classes here are single session classes. Our Lynda.com subscription offers an extensive listing of video-based Computer Instruction. If you’re looking for something more in-depth, try Adult Ed at the Port Washington Public Schools; catalogs are available at the Library’s Reference Desk.

Can I print from the computers? Is there a charge?
Yes. Currently, printing is free. Once you have sent a print job to the printers, notify the staff at the computer desk who will print it for you.

Is a scanner provided?
Scanners are available in the South Wing. Please speak to the staff at the Reference Desk for assistance scanning.

Can I save my work on the computers?
You must use a USB flash drive to save your work or to save a download from the Internet.

Does the library provide e-mail accounts?
We don’t provide accounts; however, using the Internet access that we provide, you can create a free e-mail account using a web-based e-mail provider, such as gmail.com.

Can I plug in my laptop here?
Currently, the library is not offering seating aside from public computer use. We ask that all patrons limit their visits to 45 minutes or less.

Can I use WiFi in the library?
We do offer a public WiFi network. The network name is PWPL-Hotspot. While connected to our network, you must abide by the library’s Acceptable Use policy.

Where can I connect?
Our WiFi network does reach into the front row of the parking lot, so while we are not currently providing seating inside the building, you may connect your device from your car.

Is it secure?
We strive to maintain a safe and secure network. However, the library cannot assure 100% safety of your personal data.

Will I be able to print from my own device?
We offer a MobilePrint service. You can retrieve your document via curbside pickup. For instructions on how to use this service, click here.