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Using Computers at Elmhurst Public Library

The Elmhurst Public Library has 80 computers available to the public as well as internet plug-ins and a wireless network throughout the building.


While Elmhurst Public Library is not responsible for your personal information, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when using public computers:

Never select “remember me” or any other password saving function

Save to the hard drive/ computer at your own risk. The hard drive is erased when the computer is shut down or when you change from Windows 8.1 to OS X Yosemite (or vice versa). Patrons are encouraged to bring their own flash drive. Items saved to the hard drive may be accessed by subsequent computer users. Please delete any files that you add to the hard drive when you are done. Patrons working on sensitive materials may restart their computer when done working.

Remember to sign out of all accounts including email and close all windows when you finish working.


Copies/Prints:   Black&White 10¢     Color 50¢

To Print from a Library Computer:

  1. Before printing, select “print preview” and review your work to make sure everything is correct.
  2. Select print. Choose between Black/White, Black/White two sided, and Color printers.
  3. After a moment, a window requesting a user name will appear. Enter a user name of your choice.
  4. Go to the print release station (on the floor where you are working). Look for your print job, which will be listed by the user name you previously entered.
  5. Select your user name and click on the job you wish to print. Pay with cash or with your library printing card balance.

Note: Your print job will be deleted from the print release station after four hours.

Wireless Printing

Copies/Prints:   Black&White 10¢     Color 50¢

Print virtually any document or web page from your Internet connected PC to one of our Library printers. To print from a laptop or a home computer click the “Print from Anywhere” link at the bottom of any elmhurstpubliclibrary.org web page. Follow the instructions or contact a staff member with any questions.

Your print job will be deleted from the print release station after 16 hours.

Using Your Laptop

Connect to WiFi 

1. Open up your network settings

2. Select the network “Elm-Library”

*Wireless internet provided by Elmhurst Public Library is a public network.


Kids’ Computer Adult Computer Creative Studio
(Elmhurst only)
Graphics Lite Learning Lab Checkout a Laptop
Windows 10 X X X X X
Dual-boot capability (Mac + PC)* X
Web Browser X X X X X X
DVD + Music Player** X X X X X X
CD/DVD Burning Software** X X X X X X
Typing Tutorial Software X X X X X X
Microsoft Office 2013
Word • Excel • PowerPoint • Publisher • Access
Microsoft Office 2011 (Mac)
Word • Excel • PowerPoint • Access
Adobe Creative Cloud
Photoshop • InDesign • Illustrator
Premiere Pro • After Effects • Acrobat Pro
Adobe Photoshop Elements ‘13 X(PC) X(Mac)
Adobe Premier Elements ’13 X(PC) X(Mac)
3D Design (Mac)
Makerbot Desktop, Sculptris, 123D Design
123D Make, Blender, Meshmixer
X X(Mac)
Logic Pro X
Sibelius X
Adobe Acrobat DC Pro X X
iLife (Mac)
iMovies • Photos • Garageband • iTunes
X  X
iWork (Mac)
Numbers • Keynote • Pages
X  X
Accessibility Software
Ask a staff member for details

* Items in parenthesis (-) indicate which system supports the software on dual-boot machines.

** Ask at Service Desk for CD/DVD drive.

Technology Help:

Technology Classes

Elmhurst Public Library offers a variety of technology classes for all levels.

Start Using Computers, Tablets, and Internet: including Computers for Beginners, iPad for Beginners, and Downloading Photos for Beginners

Learn Everyday Essentials: including Excel Basics, Intermediate Word, and What’s New With Windows 8

Explore Social Media, Apps, and More: including Twitter Basics, Cutting the Cable Cord, and Social Media Basics

Create, Make, and Build: including Create Your Own Comic, Taking Photos for eBay and Craigslist, and Photoshop Basics

Business Center: including Optimal Resume, LinkedIn Basics, and How to Get Business From the Internet

Senior Technology Series: including classes to develop your skills with the iPad, the internet, and computers

Full class listings

Online Tech Classes

View and track your progress with hundreds of online courses.

Drop-in Tech Help

Get answers to quick questions anytime at the 2nd Floor Info Desk. Extra staff available for more intricate issues Thursdays (5-8:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (1-4:30 p.m.)


Select computers in the building have special accessibility features and programs. To check one out ask the circulation desk. More information

A Note on Filtering:

In compliance with the federally funded mandated provisions of the Children’s Internet Protection Act, Elmhurst Public Library filters all internet access. Computers on the first floor in the Kids’ Library are filtered for more categories of information than the second floor.

In accordance with the Supreme Court ruling on this legislation, patrons over 17 are allowed to view sites for research purposes. If a necessary site is blocked, bring your Photo ID to the 2nd Floor Information Desk for assistance.

Chat, instant messaging, and social networking sites are not available in the Kids’ Library.

For full details, see the Library’s Filtering Policy.