Computer Use

WNPL offers catalog computers, Internet access computers, Microsoft Office products, WiFi access, as well as laptops. You may print, in color or black & white, from any library computer. If you need assistance, please ask for help at the Adult Services or Youth Services Desks.

Using the Online Catalog

You may use WNPL’s online catalog at any of the designated catalog computers, or from any Internet computer. Internet access is not available via the catalog computers. If you need help finding an item, please see the Adult Services or Youth Services Desks for assistance.

Using The Internet

To use the Internet, you can log on to one of our Internet computers with your WNPL card or a registered card from another Illinois public library. In order for our computer reservation system to recognize your card, it needs to be in good standing — not blocked, barred or expired. If you have forgotten your card or are visiting from another area, simply show an ID to staff at the Adult Services and Youth Services Desks. Staff will then issue an Internet computer guest pass. All Internet computer users may sign up to use a computer for a maximum of 150 minutes or 2-1/2 hours per day.

Using The Computer Lab

The computer lab has 14 computers with a variety of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher. There is no time limit on the lab computers. Please note: Lab computers DO NOT have access to the Internet. The lab will close periodically for library-sponsored computer classes. A weekly schedule of lab closing times is posted outside the computer lab, to the left of the lab doors. If you need help using the computer lab, please ask the Adult Services Desk for assistance.

WiFi Access

WNPL provides free wireless access (WiFi) to anyone with a WiFi enabled computer. Most users can simply bring their laptop or other wireless device to the library and turn it on. The computer will automatically recognize the wireless network. For more info, please visit our WiFi (Wireless) Technology page.

Laptops

WNPL offers a limited number of laptops for in-library use only. Laptops can be checked out at the Adult Services Desk. For more info, please visit our Laptops page.