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Computers and Technology


Computers are available for free public use at the Central Library and at all branch locations. Computers can be reserved online.

There is a daily time limit of 180 minutes with a maximum session limit of 60 minutes for all cardholders. 

The daily time limit for computer guest passes is 60 minutes with a maximum session limit of 60 minutes. 

Users may purchase blank USB drives for $8.00. Printing is available at a cost of $.15 per page for black & white or $.25 per page for color. Wireless printing is available

Library computers offer a wide range of software programs, including Microsoft Word and educational programs. The Library Catalog can be accessed from Library computers, and Internet access is available at designated terminals.

Library staff is on hand to assist in using computers for information searches, for very basic instructions on computer use, and to look for materials in the online catalogs. For more assistance, free Computer Coaching appointments are available.

Users 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. 

The Library uses WebBalanced Office, a filtering software program, on computers in the children’s areas. Parents, guardians and caregivers are urged to provide guidance to children using the Library’s resources and to encourage their children to use computer terminals that have filtering software installed. Please ask staff to identify the terminals with filter software.

Lending Laptop Policies

The Carpinteria and Eastside Branch Libraries have laptops for use inside the library available to library users of all ages. 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.

3D Printing at SBPL *Temporarily Suspended In Order to Respond 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. To send us your print or for more information regarding 3D printing please email or call 805-962-7653.

For more information check the 3D Printing page and 3D Printing Policy.

Maker equipment is also available the branches per 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: Dec 17, 2020
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