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December 21, 2014

Using the Library

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.

 

Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Using Library Equipment

Are there computers, printers and copiers I can use at the Library?

All Library locations have the following equipment available for public use:

  • Computers with access to the online catalog and online databases
  • Computers with Internet access equipped with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; and Adobe Creative Cloud applications (Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Audition, Acrobat, and more.)
  • Printers
  • Copy machines

 

The Central Library also has:

  • Two computers with flatbed scanners and image editing software, including Acrobat Professional and Adobe Photoshop CS4.
  • Teletypewriter (TTY) for deaf patrons with TTY equipment

 

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You need a permanent Library card to reserve a computer. No Library card? Guest passes are available for a single 30-minute session if you don't qualify for a Library card. Visitors and non-residents can also buy a Library card.

 

Charges for printing from a computer

How to pay: Cash, credit card or PayPal account for online payment at https://pay.spl.org/.

  • $.15 per page for black and white printing 
    (8.5" x 11")
  • $.50 per page for color printing
    (8.5" x 11") 

 

Note: Double-sided printing is not available.

 

Charges for using a copy machine

How to pay: Cash only.

  • $.15 for a single-sided black and white copy
    (8.5" x 11" and 8.5" x 14")
  • $.30 for a double-sided black and white copy
    (8.5" x 11" and 8.5" x 14")
  • $.50 for a single-sided color copy
    (8.5" x 11" and 8.5" x 14")
  • $1 for a double-sided color copy
    (8.5" x 11" and 8.5" x 14")

 

11" x 17" copies

Seven locations can make 11" x 17" copies: Central Library (Level 9) and the Ballard, Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, Greenwood, Northeast and Southwest branches.

  • $.30 for a single-sided black and white copy
  • $.60 for a double-sided black and white copy
  • $1 for a single-sided color copy
  • $2 for a double-sided color copy

 

Fax Services

Fax services are available to the public at the following branches:

  • Beacon Hill
  • Columbia
  • Delridge
  • High Point
  • NewHolly
  • Rainier Beach
  • South Park

 

The fee for fax services is $1 for the first page plus $0.50 for any additional pages. There is no charge for the fax cover sheet.
 
Faxes can only be sent to phone numbers in the United States (no international faxes). Faxes cannot be received for patrons.

 

Wireless Internet Access

 

Does the Library offer wireless Internet access?

Wireless access is available at no charge to anyone with Wi-Fi enabled laptops and wireless devices at all Library locations.

 

The wireless Internet service is not secure and users should be aware of the risks. Even if firewalls are running on laptops, it is recommended that sensitive information not be sent through this network.

 

Wi-Fi users must configure their own equipment and connect to the network using these settings:

 

  • SSID (Service Set Identifier) or network name = spl-public:
  • Encryption or WEP = disable WEP encryption
  • Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure Mode or Access Point (not ad-hoc)
  • Set TCP/IP properties to "Obtain an IP address automatically" (DHCP)

 
The wireless network is disabled at 10 p.m. and turned on again at 6 a.m.

 
 

Personal Devices

 

Patron privacy and the use of personal devices in The Seattle Public Library

 

The Seattle Public Library places a high value on the confidentiality of patron records and views an individual’s access to materials while in our buildings as an essentially private experience. Consistent with this thinking we require patrons using their own laptops and mobile devices to take the necessary steps to keep their reading/listening/viewing experiences as private as possible. This may include using headphones, orienting screens to prevent a public display of material, or moving to a location where the screen is not visible to other Library users.

Adaptive Equipment

 

What types of adaptive equipment can I find at the Library?

People with sight, hearing or mobility impairments have many options. See Adaptive Equipment at the Library for more information.

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