Use a Computer

With your Library card, you can use a computer for up to two hours per day. Computers are available on a first-come, first served basis. 

Please bring your own headphones to use with Library computers. We have a limited number of headphones available to lend on a first come, first served basis.

Need access without a card? You can show valid ID to request a guest pass if you don't qualify for a free Library card. Visitors to Seattle and non-residents can buy a temporary Library card. Find out how to get a Library card.

Print, Copy & Scan

In open locations, a limited number of free printed pages will be allowed. We will reinstate fees for printing in the future; scanning is always free.


Faxes may only be sent to fax numbers in the United States, and we are not able to receive faxes for patrons. If you need help sending a fax, please Ask Us.

Internet Access

Wireless Internet Access
We provide free wireless internet access during open hours to anyone with a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or mobile device at all locations. Just connect your laptop, tablet or smartphone to our wireless network spl-public We ask that you avoid disturbing other patrons and wear headphones when you play audio or video. Please keep your viewing and browsing private by positioning the screen so that others cannot easily see it. If you need to make a phone call, do so in an area where you will not disturb others.

Some branches have laptops you can borrow while you are in the branch, so you can access the internet and our online resources from anywhere inside the building.

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SPL HotSpot
You can use your Library card to checkout and take home an easy-to-use Wi-Fi HotSpot. You can connect up to 15 laptops, tablets or other devices to the internet for free from anywhere with cellular coverage. You can reserve a HotSpot like you would any other item in our catalog and pick it up at your neighborhood branch.

Adaptive Equipment

We have helpful tools available to use in your Library at no charge to make it easier for people with vision, hearing and mobility impairments to use computers.

All open locations offer:

  • Screen enlarging software (ZoomText)
  • Screen magnifying software (XP Magnifier)
  • Screen reading software (JAWS)
  • An accessibility kit with a variety of magnifiers and writing guides to use in the Library

Some branches and the Central Library offer additional support, including ADA-accessible computers.