Computers & Printing

3-hour computer limit

Customers with a valid library card may use computers in the library for three hours each day.

All of our computers are managed by a computer software system called SAM (Smart Access Manager). This ensures everyone has fair and equal access to library computers.

When you log in to a computer with your library card barcode and PIN, the computer keeps track of time for you. You may use up to 3 hours per day (all at once, or in several sessions). An on-screen timer will help you keep track of your available time.

Anytime you are asked for your barcode you need to enter all 14 digits without any spaces.  Most customers have been automatically assigned a 4-digit PIN that is the last four digits of their telephone number. Customers may update their account information and PIN at the Check-out Desk.

We have study rooms and quiet spaces that you can reserve a computer for use.

Public computers have Internet Explorer for browsing, for photo editing, and Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel and PowerPoint. WinWay Resume software is installed on computers in the Media Room.

All residents within our reciprocal borrowing area are encouraged to apply for a TSCPL library card. Visitors to our library who are not eligible for a library card may obtain a guest pass at any service desk to access the computers for 3 hours. Guest passes are issued on an individual, daily basis. Public computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Certain computers are able to be reserved up to 7 days in advance through the SAM system. Catalog-only computers for searching for library materials are available throughout the library.

Library cards are not transferable; each customer must use their own library card to access the computer.

Read the Library’s computer use policy.


Faxing costs $1.00 per page for local, toll free, and long distance numbers. Please note that a cover page is required for all faxes and the applicable charge will apply. Cover sheets are provided by the library. The library is not able to receive faxes for patrons.

 Computer printing and photocopies

Black and white photocopies are 10¢ per page. Color photocopies are 50¢ per page
You must use your library card to make photocopies. The library does not have a coin-operated copy machine.

Black and white computer prints are 10¢ per page. Color computer prints are 50¢ per page.
The printers and copy machines do not directly accept change or dollar bills. Customers use their library cards to pay for printing and copying.

Add value to your account at the Check-out Desk or at the Automatic Payment Machine (APM) in the Copy Center. The APM accepts both coins and bills. The Check-out Desk accepts cash, checks and debit cards. Money stored on your library card can be redeemed for cash at the APM or the Check-out Desk.


USB flash drives can be used with public computers. CD/DVD drives are available, but burning CDs or watching DVD movies is not supported.  USB drives are available for purchase at the Check-out Desk for $4.00 for a 512 mb device and $7.50 for a 2 gb device. 3.5 inch floppy disks are supported; please ask to borrow a USB external 3.5 inch disk drive from the Service Desk.

Speakers are not provided on public computers. Customers may bring their own headphones. Headphones are available for purchase at the Check-out Desk for $2.00.

Wireless Internet Access

wifiThe Library provides wireless internet access to everyone. When you are at the library locate “Public” in your Wi-Fi network listing on your laptop computer, tablet or phone. Once the “I Accept” button comes up select it and this will connect you to the libraries Wi-Fi network.  If you have questions, staff will be able to help on a limited basis.

At the present time the library does not provide access to printers for laptop users. Laptop customers can save laptop documents on a disk, open the document on a public computer, and then send their job to the print station.