Computers & Internet

Internet Access

Who can use the Internet at the library?

Wireless Internet access is freely available at all locations of the Library.  The network name is EPL-WIFI.

A library card number is required to use the Internet computer workstations. Out-of-area users can register their non-Evanston library cards at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. Short-term Evanston visitors may obtain a single-use guest pass at the third floor Tech Desk by presenting an ID. Computers may be used by patrons of any age.

Computers are located in the Adult Reading room, 3rd floor main Library:

  • 25 total workstations with Internet access, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher
  • 10 workstations with unfiltered Internet access located on the west side of the third floor
  • 15 stations have filtered Internet access. All stations are located on the third floor in the Main library.
  • An Accessible Internet station is available on the west side of the 3rd floor. This station is equipped with a screen magnifier/reader and is wheelchair accessible. Users should sign up for this station at the Tech Desk or Reference Desk on the 3rd floor.

How do I use the computer?

Users can sign themselves on to any computer displaying AVAILABLE on the screen. If there is a future reservation for that station, it will be displayed on the screen.
If all the computers are busy or you want to make a reservation for a future time (up to two days in advance), you can make a reservation at use the reservation station located on the third floor or at the Tech Desk.

How long can I use a computer?

Computer sessions are one hour long. If no other user is waiting, the system will automatically offer up to two 15-minute extensions. Library card holders (with an Evanston card or registered card from another library) are entitled to two sessions per day.

How do I print?

Printing is available for 20 cents a page for black and white copies, and 50 cents a page for color copies. Pick up and pay for print-outs at the Tech Desk. You may also print from home using our wireless printing service. For 20 cents black and white; 50 cents color.

Headphones and chargers may be checked out from the Tech desk with an ID or library card.

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