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We offer a variety of technology for public use at our Central Library and branch locations, including:

Computer Access 

We offer Internet access, Microsoft Office, printing, scanning and more on desktop computers located on the second floor of the Central Library and at our Hoffman Estates and Hanover Park branch locations. We also have computer stations just for children available in kidsZone. 

Use your Library card to log on to any computer. Don't have a card? Show an ID and get a guest pass from our Computer Assistance Desk. 

Most adult-area computers are available for up to five hours per person per day.


You may check out one of our laptops, which have no time limit, to use anywhere within the building. Laptops are available at the Central Library Computer Assistance Desk, Teen Place or kidsZone Information Desk, as well as both the Hoffman Estates and Hanover Park branches.


Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the Library. Just select the network named LIBRARY and accept the terms; no password needed.

Printers and Copiers

Printers and copiers are available for public use at all Library locations. 

Black and white prints cost 10¢ per side for letter (8 ½" by 11") and legal (8 ½" by 14") sizes. Color prints are 50¢ per side. 

You can pay for your printouts at the print station with cash or a credit card.

Wireless printing allows you to send a print job to the Library from anywhere. Upload your document and pick it up at any Library location. You'll pay when you pick it up.

Printing an email? Just forward it to us. For black and white, email Send color jobs to

Digital Production Studio 

Use the Digital Production Studio, located inside the Central Library Teen Place, to record your audio and video projects – all equipment provided! This includes: 

  • Green screen 

  • Teleprompter 

  • Microphones 

  • Overhead lighting 

  • A TriCaster recording system 

Library cardholders can reserve the studio using our online room reservation system.

Questions? Send an email to

3-D Printer 

Send us a 3-D object file, and we can make you a print with our Makerbot 3-D printer!

Our staff can help you design an object, or complete our 3-D Print Request Form if you already have a file ready to print.

Please note:

  • We accept .stl or .obj files.

  • Print time cannot exceed five hours.

  • Base price is $1 plus the weight of the item in grams (10¢ per gram).

  • Pay upon pickup. Failure to pay will result in a one-month suspension from 3-D printing. 

  • Allow one week to receive your finished model.

Questions? Send an email to

VHS and Other Tape Transfers 

Transfer VHS, Video8/8mm and mini DV tapes using equipment at the Library. Request an appointment now or contact the Movies and Music Desk at (847) 923-3182 for more information.


Need to use an old-school typewriter? We have one available at the Central Library. Call (847) 923-3347 or ask at the second-floor Information Desk for more information. 

Fax Machine 

We offer self-service faxing at the Central Library for $1 per page.

Microfilm Reader

Use the microfilm reader/printer at the Central Library to view our collection of historical publications, including the Daily HeraldChicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal.