Computers & Wi-Fi
- Wi-Fi is available in the building and from the parking lot.
- Use your own device; no password required.
- Connect to Library Guest; from notification or a browser window, read and accept terms and conditions.
- Lafayette Public Library does not provide security or virus protection.
- Lafayette Public Library is not responsible for damages due to incorrect or insufficient security or virus protection settings.
- Troubleshooting: Find the option in your device's network settings to "Forget this Connection" to Library Guest, and connect again. That will usually prompt the Terms & Conditions authentication page to appear again.
- Printing: wireless printing from mobile devices is available when connected to Library Wi-Fi as Library Guest, and after accepting terms and conditions. You may also be prompted to download a printer app the first time you use this service. View details and setup help.
- Hotspots: Lafayette residents ages 17 or older with a valid Lafayette Library card may borrow hotspots. Learn more.
Computers are available on a drop-in basis, first come, first serve.
- Log in using a Lafayette Library card, computer use card, or a limited-use guest pass. Guests under 17 do not need an adult present to obtain a computer or temporary borrowing card, but may only use the youth computers upstairs unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Main lab sessions are 60 minutes, extendable to three hours per day. (Teens and kids may ask staff to extend their initial session of 30 minutes or an hour).
- If you need to leave your computer, lock your station using your on-screen session toolbar.
- Users must adhere to the Internet Policy and Acceptable Use Guidelines as well as to the Library Code of Conduct.
- You must use your own card or guess pass; use of another person’s card will result in termination of your computer session.
- The Lobby Computer Lab is for adults 17 or older; younger children are permitted when accompanied by an adult who remains in the lab. Children under 17 must request a guest pass as youth card numbers will not work in the lab. Additional computers for children and teens only are located on the top level in the Kid Zone and Teen Zone.
- Viewing of material inappropriate for a public place will result in a termination of your computer session and could result in a longer ban from computer use.
- No more than two people per computer
- No food at the computers; COVERED drinks are allowed.
- Headphones are available and earbuds are available for purchase. Use headphones at a volume that is not disruptive to others.
- Consider the people around you; please keep conversations and telephone calls quiet.
The Library's copier, printers, scanner, and computers are self-service; staff may offer assistance but are not able to provide service for complex needs.
Copy or Print Costs
- Black and white prints and copies: 10 cents per printed side | Color: 25 cents per printed side.
- Scanning: No charge.
- Faxing: Not available. King Soopers offers faxing for a fee.
- Go to the kiosk to the left of the copier. Select the Copy button. Insert coins or dollar bills, or use the credit card reader. Once payment has been made, the copier menu will activate.
- Credit card payments will show a starting balance of $20, but will count down and ultimately charge only what was required for your job. Copy jobs of over $20 will need to be broken down into smaller jobs.
Print from Workstations
- Use the print command or icon; wait for the popup with cost; select Ok or print. Items will be sent to a queue, then paid for and released using the kiosk next to the copier.
- At the kiosk, scan your Library card or guest pass slip, or select Print and enter your Library card number.
- Pay by coin, dollar bills, or by credit card or other payment types using the attached card reader.
- Card payments will show a starting balance of $20, but will count down and ultimately charge only what was required for your job. Prints jobs of over $20 will need to be broken down into smaller jobs.
- If someone is using the kiosk and copier, staff may release prints and take funds from the staff deskby request.
- Items may be printed in black and white, color, double-sided, and on paper up to 12x17.
Print from a device onsite
- Wireless printing onsite from mobile devices is available when connected to Library Wi-Fi as Library Guest, and after accepting terms and conditions. You may also be prompted to download a printer app the first time you use this service.
View details and setup help
Print from offsite
- You may upload non-password-protected files in common file formats to our remote printing site, then print the items from our self-serve kiosk within 24 hours. Files are only stored for 24 hours.
- Please call 303-661-1163 to verify that your print successfully uploaded before you come into the Library. The automated email confirmation of an uploaded file is unfortunately not always accurate.
- Upload files
Print from or scan to a flash drive
- Printing from or scanning to a USB drive is not permitted from the printers controlled by the kiosk.
- The wireless printer next to the elevator has a port for printing from USB for files saves as PDF, PNG, or JPG. For other file types, or to manipulate print settings, use your drive at one of the workstations.
Scan at the workstation
- Scanning is only available at one workstation (ask staff), not via the print/copy machines.
- Scan sessions are 30 minutes. To avoid losing work, ask staff for an extension BEFORE the end of the session.
- Log in to the scanning workstation. Turn on the scanner. Feed multiple pages from the bottom feeder, or lift lid to position on the glass.
- Double-click on the HP Scan icon on the desktop, and follow instructions to scan as PDF or JPG, etc.
- Save directly to a personal flash drive, or save temporarily to the desktop and email your files.
- All files scanned to the workstation will be wiped when the session ends and cannot be restored by staff.
- Flash drives for saving work can be purchased for $3.50 when available.
- Wi-Fi hotspots can be borrowed by Lafayette residents for one week at a time.
- Enlarger for magnifying printed reading material is located upstairs near the telephone.
- Launchpad tablets (with preloaded games and apps) are available for checkout.
- Microfilm reader is located in the Nonfiction area in the Archives: ask staff for assistance
- Public phone is located on the top level.
One-on-one or group assistance
The Library welcomes partner groups to provide one-on-one, group, or bilingual support in answering a variety of technology-related issues.
Groups may meet in a variety of locations, and sessions may change according to partner availability. For updated location/time of tech help sessions, please call 303-661-1162 or bookmark our tech help calendar: lafayetteco.gov/LibraryTechHelp
Computer Lab staff are able to provide limited assistance, as time and other duties permit, with: downloading eBooks, assisting patrons on their personal laptops, Library computers, Library scanner, and copier; answering questions about basic software and internet searches, and using email and social media.
Staff, partners, and volunteers will generally not be able to: Fix hardware or printers, design presentations, websites, or blogs; offer extensive computer tutoring, etc.
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