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August 31, 2015

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Central Library : Computers & Equipment

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Central Library escalator work through September

Escalators throughout the Central Library will be out of service for up to two weeks at a time for maintenance. Please use the elevators or stairs.

Library Closed Monday, Sept. 7

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

Computers & Equipment at the Central Library

For more information about availability of computers and other equipment at Central Library, contact the Quick Information Center at 206-386-4636.

 

400 Public Computers at the Central Library:

  • Public computers throughout the building
  • FREE wireless access
  • 142 computer stations on Level 5
  • Computers reserved for children on Level 1
  • Computers reserved for teens on Level 3
  • Computers for to access to the Library's online catalog and online resources
  • Computers for Internet access, with filtered access options
  • Computers equipped with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Creative Cloud applications (Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Audition, Acrobat, and more.)
  • Two computers on Level 5 with flatbed scanners and image editing software, including Acrobat Professional, Adobe Photoshop CS4, HP Photosmart Essentials, Microsoft Office Suite, limited Web browsing, and the ability to burn data to CDs and DVDs
  • Reserve a Computer service (90 minutes per day, Library cards required)(Opens a new window)
  • Express terminals available for 15 minutes maximum use
  • Computer labs, computer-assisted learning stations

 

Reserve a computer - opens in a new window

You need a permanent Library card to reserve a computer. No Library card? Guest passes are available for a single 30-minute session if you don't qualify for a Library card. You can get a guest pass at the Mixing Chamber on Level 5.Visitors and non-residents can also buy a Library card.

 

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Adaptive Equipment

 

Most of this equipment is located in the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) on Level 1.

 

See Adaptive Equipment at the Library for a complete list of available equipment.

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Wireless Internet Access

 

  • Available to users with Wi-Fi enabled laptops and wireless devices
  • Can connect in most areas of the building
  • No hourly or daily user fees
  • Users responsible for configuring own equipment and connecting to network
  • Settings:
    • SSID (Service Set Identifier) or network name = spl-public:
    • Encryption or WEP = disable WEP encryption
    • Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure Mode or Access Point (not ad-hoc)
    • Set TCP/IP properties to "Obtain an IP address automatically" (DHCP)

 

PLEASE NOTE: The wireless Internet service is not secure and is used at the individual's risk. Even if firewalls are running on laptops, it is recommended that sensitive information not be sent through this network.

 

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Wi-Fi Printing

Can I print while using Wi-Fi?

Yes. Wi-Fi printing is available at all Library locations from personal devices such as laptops, tablets or smartphones. You must be inside a Library building and connected to the library’s Wi-Fi “spl-public” – you cannot send a print job to a Library location from home.

How does Wi-Fi printing work?

Connect your laptop, tablet or smartphone to the Library’s Wi-Fi and log in at www.spl.org/wifiprinting. Upload the document or Web page you want to print and select color or black and white. Retrieve your print job at the print release station.

What is required to use Wi-Fi printing?

You must be inside a Library location, connected to the library’s Wi-Fi “spl-public” and have a Library card, guest pass or guest login. Access the Wi-Fi printing login screen at www.spl.org/wifiprinting.

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Laptop Plug-in Access

 

  • Available to users with laptops and RJ-45 10/100 Base-T Ethernet network capability
  • Can connect in most areas of the building
  • No hourly or daily user fees
  • Users responsible for configuring their own equipment, supplying CAT-5 cables and connecting to the network
  • Setting: Set TCP/IP properties to "Obtain an IP address automatically" (DHCP)

 

PLEASE NOTE: The plug-in Internet service is not secure and is used at the individual's risk. Even if firewalls are running on laptops, it is recommended that sensitive information not be sent through this network.

 

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Copiers & Printers

 

  • Photocopy machines, printers, pay stations available throughout the building
  • Pay for print system: requires a Library card or guest pass to set up an account.
    Used for:
    • Printing from computers
    • Microfilm and microfiche printing

Charges for printing to a Library printer

How to pay: Cash, credit card or PayPal account for online payment at https://pay.spl.org/.

  • $.15 per page for black and white printing
    (8.5" x 11")
  • $.50 per page for color printing
    (8.5" x 11")

Note: Double-sided printing is not available.

Charges for using a copy machine

How to pay: Cash only.

  • $.15 for a single-sided black and white copy
    (8.5" x 11" and 8.5" x 14")
  • $.30 for a double-sided black and white copy
    (8.5" x 11" and 8.5" x 14")
  • $.50 for a single-sided color copy
    (8.5" x 11" and 8.5" x 14")
  • $1 for a double-sided color copy
    (8.5" x 11" and 8.5" x 14")

11" x 17" copies

Seven locations can make 11" x 17" copies: Central Library (Level 9) and the Ballard, Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, Greenwood, Northeast and Southwest branches.

  • $.30 for a single-sided black and white copy
  • $.60 for a double-sided black and white copy
  • $1 for a single-sided color copy
  • $2 for a double-sided color copy

 

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Private Skype Rooms

 

  • Two private rooms with Skype-enabled computers are available on the Level 1 of the Central Library
  • Two additional private rooms are available to patrons with their own equipment
  • Patrons may reserve a private room at the Literacy/ ESL and World Languages desk
  • Reservations are for one hour but may be extended if no one is waiting to use the room
  • Skype users must have their own Skype account

 

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Telephones

 

  • Pay phones on Level 1 and Level 3
  • Audible cell phone and pager ringers must be turned off.
    See Rules of Conduct.
Safe Place

Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
206-386-4636

Hours:

Mon:

10 am - 8 pm

Tue:

10 am - 8 pm

Wed:

10 am - 8 pm

Thu:

10 am - 8 pm

Fri:

10 am - 6 pm

Sat:

10 am - 6 pm

Sun:

Noon - 6 pm


Book Drop Hours

 

  • Monday - Friday
    6 am - 10 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday
    9:30 am - 6 pm
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