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Computers and Technology

Computers

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

There is a daily time limit of 120 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 Black Gold Cooperative Library System Online 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

Carpinteria and the Eastside Library 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 not reservable. Contact or visit each library for more information on laptop use policies.

Maker @ SBPL

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.

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

Typewriters, Assistive Technology and Microform

Available to the public at the Central Library:

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

Scanning is available at library locations at the public printer station.

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2018
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