Computers and Equipment
All locations with in-building services offer free access to computers you can use to search our online resources, connect to the internet and use popular software, like Microsoft Office. Depending on the location, you may be able to use your Library card to borrow a laptop or use one of our printers, copiers or fax machines.
Use a Computer
With your Library card, you can use a computer at locations with in-building services for up to two hours per day. Computers are physically distanced and available on a first-come, first served basis.
Please bring your own headphones to use with Library computers. We have a limited number of headphones available to lend on a first come, first served basis.
Need access without a card? You can show valid ID to request a guest pass if you don't qualify for a free Library card. Visitors to Seattle and non-residents can buy a temporary Library card. Find out how to get a Library card.
Print, Copy & Scan
In locations offering in-building services, a limited number of free printed pages and copies will be allowed, with staff help. We will reinstate fees for printing and copying in the future; scanning is always free.
You are welcome to use your laptop or mobile device at your Library. In addition to wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance, we ask that you avoid disturbing other patrons and wear headphones when you play audio or video. Please keep your viewing and browsing private by positioning the screen so that others cannot easily see it. If you need to make a phone call, do so in an area where you will not disturb others.
Wireless Internet Access
We provide free wireless internet access during open hours to anyone with a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or mobile device at all locations with in-building services. Just connect your laptop, tablet or smartphone to our wireless network spl-public. Like any public wireless network, our Wi-Fi service is not secure. Be aware of the risks and avoid sending sensitive information through the network.
You can use your Library card to check out and take home an easy-to-use Wi-Fi HotSpot. You can connect up to 15 laptops, tablets or other devices to the internet for free from anywhere with cellular coverage. You can reserve a HotSpot like you would any other item in our catalog and pick it up at your neighborhood branch.
We have helpful tools available to use in your Library at no charge to make it easier for people with vision, hearing and mobility impairments to use computers.
All locations with in-building services offer:
- Screen enlarging software (ZoomText)
- Screen magnifying software (XP Magnifier)
- Screen reading software (JAWS)
- An accessibility kit with a variety of magnifiers and writing guides to use in the Library
Some branches and the Central Library offer additional support, including ADA-accessible computers.