All branches have computers that allow access to the following:
- Word processing
- Spreadsheet and presentation software
- Reference databases
- GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online) a statewide network of databases
Some computers at the Decatur, Chamblee and Clarkston branches have programs for learning to type; learning languages; improving basic reading, writing and math skills; and citizenship test preparation.
Most branches have assistive technology to help patrons with disabilities use library computers.
Youth Services Computers
KidsTech computers are specially designated for children ages 4–11 and are located in the children’s department at nine branches. These computers are filtered to a greater degree than the adult computers and offer an opportunity for children to use their “own” computers in a comfortable, safe environment. KidsTech computers are currently available at Chamblee, Decatur, Dunwoody, Embry Hills, Hairston Crossing, Northlake-Barbara Loar, Redan-Trotti, Salem Panola, Scott Candler, Stonecrest, Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg, Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams, Tucker-Reid H. Cofer, and Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Libraries.
TeenTech computers are specially designated for teens ages 12–17. They are located in the Teen Area in branches throughout the county. TeenTech computers are available at Hairston Crossing, Northlake-Barbara Loar, Salem Panola, Scott Candler, Stonecrest, Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams and Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Libraries.
How do I sign up to use a library computer? Can I reserve one in advance?
Computer use is on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are accepted.
The Library uses an automated system to manage the computer waiting list. Please check the posted instructions to find out how to add your name to the list and how you will be notified when a computer is available.
Do I have to have a library card to use the computers?
You must use your own library card number and PIN. If you are not a cardholder or do not know your card number, you can ask staff for a guest pass. Staff cannot look up your library card number, but can provide your PIN when presented with your photo ID.
No more than two people can use one computer at the same time.
What if I forget to bring my library card?
If you are not a cardholder or do not have your card with you, you can ask for a guest pass. Staff cannot look up your account number.
How long can I use a library computer?
As a cardholder, your computer session will last one hour. Each cardholder can use a computer for a maximum of two hours per day.
Guests may use a computer for 30 minutes per day.
How will I know when my time is up?
You will receive a warning message when your computer time is ending. Please finish your work promptly, as you will be logged off automatically when your session time ends.
Can I print?
If you want to print, please ask staff about adding money to your account before your session begins. There is a 15˘ per page cost for printing. You must pay for all pages that you print, so please check the number of pages in advance.
Can I download files?
You may download files to a removable storage device, such as a flash drive. Some branches have flash drives available for purchase.
Is staff available to help me on the computer?
Staff cannot provide extended one-on-one instruction, but can often suggest appropriate programs or resources. Some branches offer periodic computer classes.
Can children use the Internet at the library?
Internet access is available to everyone. Several branches offer specially designated computers for children age 4 to 11 and teens age 12 to 17. The Library strongly encourages parents to monitor their children’s use of the internet to insure that it is consistent with their family values and boundaries. Visit our Kids Pages to learn more about internet safety for children.
Does the library filter its computers?
The Library complies with the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act and uses a content filter to block access to sites that are in violation of the Library’s Internet Use Policy. If you are 17 or older, you may choose to have the filter disabled temporarily, should it interfere with your ability to do research.
Can I check my e-mail from a library computer?
You may use library computers to check your e-mail account. If you do not have an e-mail account, ask staff for an e-mail brochure that lists commercial providers who offer free accounts.
What kind of research can I do from library computers?
As a cardholder, you may access library databases from your home or office with your card number and PIN.
The databases contain valuable information not freely available on the Internet, such as:
Reference librarians are available to answer brief questions by email. Subject Guides on various topics that contain resources recommended by library staff also are available.
Can I access these resources from home or my office?
You can access most library and GALILEO databases from your home or office computer. You will need your library card and PIN.
- Please do not attempt to reconfigure the computer or download your own software. Computer equipment and library furniture must not be moved or adjusted. You will be held responsible for any damage caused by neglect or intentional abuse of library computers.
- Federal copyright restrictions apply to computer use.
- The Library assumes no responsibility for any machinery or software failure or for power outages and any subsequent loss or damage to your work.