Public computers are available at all branches. Customers using the library computers must abide by the Technology Use Policy for Library Customers. Computers are available for one (1) hour time periods up to a maximum of three (3) hours per day with a valid library card. In addition, express computers are available for quick computer access.
All public computers automatically shut down 15 minutes before the branch closes. Mac computers in the Makerspaces automatically shut down 30 minutes before the branch closes.
All computers are equipped with USB ports (to use with USB drives), have Internet access and many branches offer additional software such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Accessibility options (magnification, text narration, on-screen keyboard) are available on all public computers. There is an accessible keyboard and trackball mouse available for use at each branch. At the Central Library, there is a dedicated accessibility computer equipped with JAWS screen reader program.
Printing is available at all locations. The first two black and white pages printed each day are free. Additional printing costs $.10/page black and white and $.25/page for colour.
The Library offers computer classes as well as drop-in tech help and individual appointments with a knowledgeable librarian to help with basic technical issues, downloading eBooks and using our online resources.
HPL's wireless network complements computer access and enables customers to use online resources and the Internet with their own wireless-enabled equipment.