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Library Technology


Computers are available for free public use at all libraries. 

There is a daily maximum session limit of 30 minutes for all library cardholders. 

Library computers offer Internet access, library catalog access, and a wide range of software programs, including Microsoft Word and educational programs. Library staff can assist patrons when using computers for information searches, give very basic instructions on computer use, and to help look for materials in the online catalogs. For more assistance, free Computer Coaching appointments are available.

Patrons may not load personal software onto Library computers, save personal data to a Library computer hard drive, or alter the programs installed by Library staff. Although Library computers are checked for viruses, no guarantees are made that anti-virus programs will completely protect user data. Patrons may purchase blank USB drives for $8.00.

Parents, guardians and caregivers are urged to provide guidance to children using the Library’s online resources (see Internet Use & Safety Policy).

Wireless Internet Access

All SBPL libraries provide free Wi-Fi. Use of the library's wireless access points are entirely at the user's own risk. The Santa Barbara Public Library does not accept any liability for the security or integrity of the data transmitted over its wireless network. We encourage you to read the Public Wi-Fi Terms of Use policy. 


Printing is available at each library for $.15 per page for black & white or $.25 per page for color. Single-sided and duplex printing is available. Printing is available from all public-access computers except library catalog kiosks.

Wireless Printing

Wireless printing is available at Central and Eastside libraries, as of 4/21/21. 

Central Library's PrintSpot public printer location name is SBPL Central Library.

Eastside Library's PrintSpot public printer location name is SBPL Eastside Branch.


Android Phones & Tablets 

Apple iPads & iPhones 


The Carpinteria and Eastside Branch Libraries have laptops for use inside the library for patrons of all ages. They cannot be checked out for use outside the library. It is not required but recommended that laptop lenders under the age of 18 be supervised by a parent or guardian. Users must have a valid library card in good standing. Laptops are non-reservable. Contact or visit each library for more information on laptop use policies.

Chromebooks and Hotspots

Anyone with a library card can check out the following for 1 week (unless they auto-renew, in which case they can be used longer). All come with chargers. 

3D Printing at SBPL *Suspended Due to COVID-19

The Central Library has a 3D printer available for public use. Users can create and send designs as .stl files for printing. 3D printing is free and available for all ages. For more information check the 3D Printing page and 3D Printing Policy.

Maker equipment is also available at branches for programming. Check the library's public calendar for upcoming maker events.

Microfilm and Assistive Reading Technology

Available to the public at the Central Library:

  • 2 Microfilm Readers
  • Sara Freedom Scientific assistive reader machine
  • Optelec Tieman Group magnifier

Scanning is available at all library locations at the public printer station. Scanning is a free service. 

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2021
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