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Computer Use, Laptop Checkout & Wireless Access

For the County Library's complete computer use policy, please see:

Acceptable Use Policy for Public Access Computers (PDF)
Acceptable Use Policy for Wi-Fi (PDF)
Internet Access Permission for Children (PDF) and Guidelines for Child Safety on the Internet (PDF)

Normativa de Uso Aceptable (PDF)
Normativa de Uso Aceptable para Wi-Fi (PDF)
Los Privilegios de Acceso de Internet para Su Hijo (PDF) y Normas de seguridad infantil en Internet (PDF)

Wireless Access       |       Children/ Teen Computer       |       Laptop Check Out       |       Filtering  |     Programs & Classes

General Computer Access

Public computers and Internet access are available to customers in good standing (customers without excessive fines/ fees or overdue materials). To use a computer or access the wireless service, customers need a library card and PIN. If you do not have a PIN or have forgotten it, you can request a PIN online or call a County Library. Customers who are ineligible for a library card can request a card for computer use only. Computer time is limited to 2 hours per day. Printing is free up to the first 10 pages (per day); each additional page is 15¢. Computers are unavailable 15 minutes before the library closes.

Computers are assigned on a first-available basis. Where reservations are available, a computer reservation can be made once per day by calling a County Library or on the library computer during your session. Reservations cannot be made through our website. Reservations can be made for the same day or up to 3 days in advance. Reservations are automatically cancelled if you are more than ten minutes late logging on. For more information, please review our Acceptable Use Policy for Public Access Computers.

Wireless Access

The County of Los Angeles Public Library offers unlimited free Wi-Fi access at our libraries. Wi-Fi access is filtered for all users by order of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Filtering cannot be removed. Customers are welcome to use available electrical outlets as long as no library equipment is unplugged and it does not create an unsafe condition.

Here's what you need to know to access County Library Wi-Fi:

  • Provide your own Wi-Fi enabled laptop or device.
  • Connect to the network: CountyLibraryWiFi.
  • Open your internet browser and enter your library card number and PIN.
  • Read and accept the Library's Acceptable Use Policy for Wi-Fi.

Having trouble logging into Wi-Fi? Try these tips:

  • Close and reopen your browser.
  • Make sure that your laptop is assigned an IP address from the Access Point (release any old IP addresses if necessary).
  • Disable any proxy IP addresses (found in your browser connection settings)

Library staff can confirm that the wireless network is functioning properly and give basic assistance. Staff cannot assist in setting up personal laptops or devices to work with Wi-Fi.

Children/ Teen Computer Access

Children under 18 can use the public computers but must have their parent or guardian's permission to access the Internet. Parents/ guardians must return a completed Internet Access Permission form, in person, to a County Library. On the form, parents/ guardians set the level of filtering for their child's Internet access.

Laptop Check Out

Customers with library cards in good standing can check out laptops at participating libraries.(See below) Laptops cannot be removed from the library. Terms of Service:

Laptops in this kiosk can be checked out by customers with a County of Los Angeles Public Library card in good standing.  The laptop is due back in the kiosk before the library closes on the same day it is checked out.

If you do not return the laptop to the kiosk on the same day you check it out, your library account will be charged the full replacement cost of the laptop.

When you check out a laptop from this kiosk, you agree to use it within the library only.  If you remove the laptop from the library, you may held criminally responsible for theft of the laptop and/or be charged the full replacement cost of the laptop.

You are responsible for the laptop and you agree that you will reimburse the County of Los Angeles Public Library for any damages if the laptop is damaged, lost or stolen while checked out to you.

If you check out a laptop and it is damaged, you will give it to library staff immediately.

You must save to a removable storage device (such as a USB drive) since your work will not be saved to the laptop beyond your current checkout.

The County of Los Angeles Public Library will not be held responsible for any damage or loss of data or media due to any cause while you are using a laptop from this kiosk.

By using this laptop, you must adhere to the Library's Acceptable Use Policy. Laptops are available at the following libraries:

Filtering

All public computers are filtered with "General Access" (filters visually explicit sexual images). Adult customers can request that their computer be unfiltered on a per-session basis. Computers in Children and Teen Areas of the library are filtered with "Children's Limited Access" (additionally filters offensive or objectionable material) and cannot be unfiltered.

Wireless access is filtered with "General Access," and cannot be unfiltered. Wireless access is filtered for minors according to parental permission.

Computer Programs & Classes

Programs available on public computers include:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Word 2010
  • Excel 2010
  • PowerPoint 2010
  • Adobe Reader
  • VLC Media Player
  • Picture Viewer

Public computers have USB ports for saving your work. USB devices that use an auto-run encryption/ password launcher do not work on the public computers. At this time, you cannot write to the CD-ROM drive. You can open a document using the CD-ROM drive, if it uses one of the programs listed above.

Many libraries offer computer classes, which you can find by searching the Event Calendar.