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Computers and Technology
ComputersWe have multiple computers available for the public in the main area of the library, the Reference (quiet) Room and the Children's Department. If we are very busy then we may ask you to limit your time to 30 minutes. We also have a private room with two computers that can be reserved for up to two hours a day. We do not require a library card or any form of identification for patrons to use our computers.
PrintingBlack and white printing is available for 10 cents a page and color printing is available for 25 cents a page. Printing is available from laptops on our wireless network or from your home computer by visiting our wireless printing page. You can print directly from your iPhone, iPad or Android tablet by downloading the PrinterOn app, available through the iTunes store or Google Play. All printouts must be picked up within 48 hours.
Here are instructions explaining how to print out from your computer or mobile device.
ScanningThe photocopier on the main floor also offers the ability to scan documents. Once scanned, the document can be emailed to any email address or saved to a usb drive. Scanning is a free service.
Internet Access / WirelessThere is an unsecured wireless network with the name GLPL available throughout the library. After joining this network you will be asked to agree to our wireless network policies in your browser. We also have some cables available in the Reference Room if you'd prefer to have a wired connection.
Mobile AppWe offer an app for your iOS (Apple) or Android smart phone or tablet. The app will let you search our online catalog and place holds, see events and news, check out ebooks and can even scan books at a bookstore to see if they are available at the library. The app is free and is available through the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play store or can be accessed by a mobile browser.
Training and InstructionOur Technology Tuesdays class meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:00 and is open to people of all ages and skills, although a basic knowledge of computers is required. Each class is taught by virtual services librarian Mike Gershbein and lasts one hour, with discussion time following as necessary. Classes have covered everything from Facebook to Ebooks to getting organized using websites and apps. The classes are meant to be fun and unintimidating and there is always lively discussion. Slides from previous classes can be found here.
You can set up an appointment with a librarian for a one-on-one Book a Librarian session covering the library catalog and databases and some basic library skills. Contact us to set up a one-hour appointment. For a more comprehensive class teaching computer skills we recommend contacting the North Shore Senior Center or New Trier Extension.