Technology @ Joliet Public Library

Computers In the LibraryFree Wireless Internet Wireless Printing - Computer Classes - Digital Media Studio - SKYPE Service for Military Families - BookScan Station

Information for Computer Center Users - Computer Use Policy

Using a computer at the library

At the Black Road Branch 24 computers with unfiltered Internet access are available for adult use in the Information Services Department and 17 computers with filtered Internet access are available for use by patrons 17 and under in the Youth Services Department. Computers with age appropriate educational software are available for toddlers and their parents in our Youth Services department.

At the Main Library 40 computers with unfiltered Internet access are available for adult use in the Internet Computer Center on the Lower Level, 20 computers with filtered Internet access are available for use by patrons 17 and under in the InfoZone in our Youth Services Department on the first floor and 9 computers with unfiltered Internet access are available for use by adult patrons doing research, typing papers or needing the assistance of a reference librarian in the Online Learning Resource Center in the Information Services Department on the second floor.

  • A VALID Illinois library card is required to use a computer.
  • You will need to bring your library card with you to make a reservation.
  • Internet on our adult computers is unfiltered.
  • Internet access our children's areas is filtered. Patrons under 18 may use an adult area if they have a 'Parental Permission for Unfiltered Internet Access Form' on file with the library. This form must be filled out by a parent/legal guardian in the presence of library staff.
  • Access to our computers and session length is controlled by reservation software.
  • Patrons are expected to abide by the 'Rules of Conduct' and the 'Computer Use Policy' at all times while using the library computers.
  • Quick eMail standup stations are available for our patrons who are visiting or live locally but are not eligible for a library card. Patrons may access the Internet/check their eMail for 15 minutes. Patrons may use the stations for an additional 15 minutes provided no one is waiting. We have 2 Quick eMail Stations at the Main Building in the Internet Computer Center on the Lower Level and one Quick eMail Station at the Black Road Branch.
  • Job Search/Legal Aid computers are available in the Internet Computer Center on the Lower Level of the Main Library. The computers are available for patrons with or without library cards to use for job hunting or research legal questions. Patrons using these computers may use the computers for activities related to finding a job such as creating and sending resumes, searching employment sites and job boards or filling out online job applications.
  • Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher) are available on all our public computers.  Resume software is available in the Internet Computer Center at the Main Library and the Adult Computer Center at the Black Road Branch.
  • Cost for printing is 10¢ per page for B/W prints and $1 per page for color prints.
  • Headphone/earbud use is allowed in our computer centers. You may bring your own (recommended) or borrow a set from the library (we hold your library card while you use them). Please remember to keep your volume at a low enough level that the person sitting next to you cannot hear them. This also applies to the use of a personal device while you are in the library. Loud headphones are disruptive to your fellow patrons.

Wireless Internet

We have free Wireless Internet access available for both staff and patrons during library hours. To use Wireless Internet at either location you will need to bring your own laptop/wireless device with built in WiFi, or you will need to install a WiFi network card. The library does not sell wireless cards. Wireless printing is available at either location with no additional software needed. Print jobs are sent to our Computer Center printers, and will remain in queues for a maximum of 4 hours. Library staff does not provide any assistance to wireless users since everyone’s computers/devices are different. 

We ask that you do not leave your computer/device unattended. The library is not responsible for personal property.

Downloading large files or playing a live feed/video in the library is discouraged. This causes all computers in the library to experience a slow down which may result in a shutdown of the wireless access.

It is the sole responsibility of the wireless device owner/user to provide anti-virus protection, and to configure their laptop/PDA settings to provide the appropriate security settings to control access from other wireless devices within the library and the Internet itself. The Joliet Public Library cannot and will not take responsibility for damages incurred for incorrect, insufficient, or incomplete security settings; or lack of adequate or up to date virus protection. Wireless users assume all risks in this regard.

Security hardware and software will disconnect you temporarily or permanently from the entire wireless network if you attempt to access or circumvent standard procedures and protocols, or attempt to access or manipulate equipment to which you are not authorized to connect. Any illegal activity will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  

Wireless Printing

You may send print jobs via our website to either library location. Click on the 'Wireless Printing' banner on our homepage and follow the instructions. Print jobs may be sent from your laptop from inside the library or from any desktop PC with an Internet connection. Print jobs will stay in our print queues for 4 hours. Print jobs sent to the Main Library are paid for and picked up in the Internet Computer Center on the Lower Level. Print jobs sent to the Black Road Branch are paid for and picked up in the Adult Computer Center. Cost is 10¢ per page for B/W prints and $1 per page for color prints. Please pick up your print job(s) no later than 30 minutes before closing time. Click here to access wireless printing

Computer Classes

We offer classes in basic computer use and searching the Internet. The basic class is for patrons who would like to learn about the parts of a computer, attaching devices, saving information and basic operations in Microsoft Word. The Internet class is for patrons who want to learn how to find information on the web. Both classes are taught by an Information Services librarian and are held at both the Main Library and the Black Road Branch. For more information or to register for a class please call 815/740-2666.. April cl  .

Digital Media Studio

Our new digital Media Studio at the Main Library offers both PC and Mac computers, video equipment, drawing tablets, Green Screen, poster printer, and top of the line software including MS Office Suite, Adobe CS4 and CS5, iLife 11, Business Pro, and Sales and Marketing Pro. Create and print posters, flyers, forms and business cards, record and edit audio and video, or use specialized software to build your marketing or business plan. The studio is available to businesses and individuals (14 years of age or older) by appointment.  Reservations and a VALID Illinois library card are required to use the Digital Media Studio. For more information call 815/846-3127 or email the studio, dms@jolietlibrary.org,  Click here to learn more about the Digital Media Studio

SKYPE Service for Military Families

If you you have a loved one serving in the military out of state and would like to videoconference with them via SKYPE contact the Information Services Department at the Main Library. This service is free of charge and you do not need a library card. Certain restrictions apply. Appointments necessary. For more information, call 815/740-2666

BookScan Station

Available at each library location our easy to use BookScan Station guides you through the scan process including: choosing file format, scan quality, color depth, file naming, and destination. You can scan books, documents, resumes, etc., and turn them into text-searchable PDF, JPEG, or Word file formats that can be saved to a USB drive or sent via eMail. Searchable PDF files allow you to search for any word in the PDF file or copy text out. Word files may be opened and edited in any Word compatible text editor. The BookScan Station at the Main Library is available in the Information Services Department on the second floor. The BookScan Station at the Black Road Branch is located near the copy machine in the Information Services Department. For more information please call 815/740-2666 (Main Library) or 815/846-2607 (Black Road Branch).

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