While the Library building is open to the public with limited hours & services, we ask you to please limit your visit to 30 minutes. 
Take advantage of Curbside Pickup, digital collections, and virtual programs.  Read more

Current hours as of Nov. 20: Mon.-Fri. 9-6 | Sat. 9-5 | Sun. Closed
Temperature checks are taken and masks are required to remain on (over nose and mouth) at all times.

 
 
 

Please note - as of November 14, 2020:  During the ongoing pandemic, we currently have restricted computer use, with fewer computers available to allow for social distancing.

Computer sessions are available in both Adult Services and Kids & Teens:

  • Computers are available for one, 30 minute* session each day. (*As of Nov. 14)
  • No appointment is needed.
  • Computers are available to both residents and non-residents.
  • Use your laptop or tablet in a designated laptop seating area. 

For more details about our current hours and services, please click here.

 

 

Using a computer at the Elmwood Park Public Library is simple, and there are many options:

  • 12 Internet Computers in Adult Services (60 minutes)
  • 2 Express Internet Stations in Adult Services (20 minutes)
  • 16 Internet Computers in Kids & Teens (60 minutes)

Internet Computers for Residents with an Elmwood Park Public Library Card

If you have an Elmwood Park Public Library Card, then internet access is free.  You can get started at any computer by clicking the word AVAILABLE and typing in the barcode number from the back of your library card.  Then just agree to the terms of use and begin your hour session.  If you need more time, then just ask at a Reference Desk to have your time extended.

Internet Computers for Non-Residents

Computer use for non-Elmwood Park residents is now free. If you do not have an Elmwood Park Public Library Card, you simply need to visit a service desk and ask to use a computer, and staff will give you a code for you to use at the computer to begin a session.

Express Internet Stations

We have 2 Express Internet Stations in Adult Services that available for 20 minutes sessions that are free for those with or without a Library Card.  If you do have a Library Card, just follow the same instructions for logging in to our regular Internet Computers.  If you do not have a Library Card, please speak with a Librarian at the Adult Reference Desk and they will help you login.

In-House Laptops for Residents with an Elmwood Park Public Library CardGoogle Chromebook laptop open with Google search site on screen.

Elmwood Park resident cardholders who are at least 18 years of age may check out  a Chromebook or Macbook at the Adult Services Desk. Laptops are available for in-house use only. They may be checked out for two hours and may be renewed twice for a total of six hours if laptops remain available. All laptops are due back to the Adult Services Desk 30 minutes before closing. 

Take-Home Laptops for Residents with an Elmwood Park Public Library Card

Elmwood Park resident cardholders who are at least 18 years of age may check out a Chromebook at the Circulation Desk to take home. Laptops are available for 3 weeks, with 2 renewals if there are no holds.  Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Privacy

We understand that you are concerned about your privacy when using public computers at the Library.  At the end of each timed session our computers automatically reboot, wipe any files added to the computer, and clear search histories, so personal information should never stay on our computers and will not be available to any other users.

What’s Available on Library Internet Computers?

We have lots to offer on our computers:

  • Internet browsers:  Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari
  • Microsoft Office 2010:  Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Access
  • SWAN Online Catalog:  link to our catalog to search for books, movies, music and more.
  • Research & Learning:  available through the link to our website, check out one of the many research and learning databases and tools available to you for free.
  • Headphones for your listening enjoyment.
  • DVD/CD drives for listening, watching, or storing data.
  • USB Ports:  Insert your USB/Flash drives to work with saved documents.

What's Available on Laptops?

Chromebooks include a USB and HDMI port as well as the Chrome browser. Sign in with a Google account for access to Google Drive (documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.) The Macbook includes a USB and HDMI port; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, One Note, Outlook;) Safari, Firefox, and Chrome web browsers; Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iTunes, iMovie, and Facetime. 

For the Visually & Mobility Impaired

Our computers do have a few tools for the visually and mobility impaired users:

  • Magnifier:  This tool will magnify text.
  • Narrator:  This tool will convert text to speech.
  • On-Screen Keyboard:  This tool will put a keyboard on the screen so that you can type with mouse clicks, rather than with the physical keyboard.
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