Computers & Technology

Computers and laptops for public use are available in all MCPL libraries, except Noyes Library for Young Children. Customers may print from public computers or MCPL laptops. All libraries provide WiFi access.

Use your library card number and pin to sign into the public computers. If you don't have a library card or have other issues logging in, please see branchs staff for assistance. Please note that public computers in the libraries shut down ten minutes before closing.

In using library computers and WiFi, you agree to comply with Montgomery County Public Library's Computer, Internet, and Wireless Use Policies.

Outdoor WiFi

Outdoor public Wi-Fi is available at the following MCPL locations: Aspen Hill, Davis (N. Bethesda), Gaithersburg, Germantown, Long Branch, Maggie Nightingale (Poolesville), Marilyn Praisner (Burtonsville), Rockville Memorial, Twinbrook, Wheaton, and White Oak.

Internet to Go!

All branches excluding Noyes Library for Young Children have wireless hotspots that circulate outside the branch. These hotspots can be checked out for two weeks.

Laptops

Computer Software

MCPL's public computers and laptops have various programs installed.

Web Browsers:

  • Internet Explorer,
  • Firefox,
  • Google Chrome;

Microsoft Office 2010 programs:

  • Word—word processing,
  • Excel—spreadsheets,
  • PowerPoint—presentations,
  • Publisher—desktop publishing;

Open source editing software (desktops only):

  • GIMP—image editing, including photo editing/retouching, image composition, and more,
  • Blender—3D content creation,
  • Inkscape—vector graphics,
  • Audacity—audio recording and editing.

Additional Services

Every branch, except Noyes, offers free charging stations for customers to charge phones, tablets, or other portable electronic devices. The style of charging station varies between branches.

To support customer use of the public computers, branches (except Noyes) offer earbuds for $1.00 and flash drives (64 MB) for $3.00. Inquire at your branch regarding availability.

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