Public Computers and WiFi Access

Need access to a computer?

The library provides computer workstations at all 33 branches. Using your library card number and PIN, you can book computer time in advance using our Online Booking System. Unbooked computers may also be used on a drop-in basis.

•             Customers may use public computers up to four hours per day across the OPL system, depending on availability and demand.

•             Please note: While the system-wide time limit has been increased to four hours, some branches must cap the daily usage at two or three hours per day due to high demand. Remaining time can be used at another branch.

•             Users are required to abide by the Library's Public Network Access policy.

Free WiFi is available at all OPL branches.

All PC access is subject to availability.

For information on PC time limits at each branch, please contact Infoservice@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca, or by telephone at 613-580-2940.

Available software and peripherals

The library provides the following services:

Service Description

Software

The following software is available: Windows 7, Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office Suite 2007 (in English and French) including Excel, Paint, Photo Editor, PowerPoint, Word, Internet Explorer, Chrome browser, Instant Messenger, Notepad, BrowseAloud 6.0, Windows Media Player, Inkscape, Makerbot, Netfabb, Blender, OpenSCAD, Meshmixer and a variety of games.

Please note: The PCs do not permit the installation of software or the running of executable files.

Printing

Printing is provided at all branches for 10 cents a page.

Saving

All branches  provide customers the ability to save their work on Flash drives or USB keys, CD/R and CD/RW.

Specialized PC Types

ZoomText PCs provide screen magnification software and larger screens.

Adaptive workstations and software, including Kurzweil 3000, Dragon NaturallySpeaking and JAWS, are available at all branches.

Scanning

Scanners are available for use at all branches. All branches that have a multifunction MFD Kyocera machine can scan a document to a USB key.