Technology at the Waukesha Public Library
The library offers several technologies for public use at the library and anticipates that both the scope and variety of such publicly accessible technology will continue to expand in the future.
Public Access Computers
The library currently has 37 workstations in the adult area of the library available for public searching of the World Wide Web. Each of these workstations also has the Microsoft Office software suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) installed.
Four additional public workstations are limited to research using the library's subscription databases.
All 41 of the public workstations have access to a networked black & white laser printer.
Wireless Internet Access
Wireless internet access is available throughout the entire Library for customers who bring their own wi-fi enabled laptop computers.
A project is currently in development to upgrade the wireless service to provide coverage to meeting rooms and the second floor and to support 802.11n high speed access.
Waukesha Public Library now offers printing from laptops, smartphones, and tablets! You can print virtually any document or web page from your Internet connected PC or device to the Library's first-floor printer. Black-and-white print jobs are $0.15/page and color print jobs are $0.25/page. If you're on a laptop in the library or working from your home computer, go to our Print Service Page in order to print a document, photo, or web page from your computer. If you're working from a smartphone or tablet, you'll need to download the PrinterOn app from your iPhone/iPad or Android app store. The PrinterOn app is free to download. Once the app is on your device, search for the Waukesha Public Library either by name or location and select our printer so you can start printing at the library. If you have questions you can call or stop by the reference desk for help.
Subscription Database Access
All public access internet workstations are also configured to provide free access to the library's paid subscription databases. These databases include:
- Auto Repair Reference Center
- EBSCO full text magazine databases
- Encyclopedia Brittanica Online
- Morningstar Investment Research Center
- NoveList Plus reader's advisory database
- And many more...
The Children's library has two technology areas available for younger customers. One area contains computers loaded with educational games and learning tools. The other area is aimed more at older children who need resources for homework. These computers are loaded with a variety of reference tools and permit the retrieval of up-to-date information from specific internet sources.
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