Computer Help

Need help with eBooks or other technology questions? Bring your device and drop by the Small Meeting Room at the Downtown Library, where we will have instructors on hand to assist you with your technology questions. No reservation required.

Drop-in computer help is available every other Wednesday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Check our events page for upcoming classes and drop-in computer help schedule.

Computer Access

Computers are available at all our branches for library cardholders. No reservations are needed. Computers are available on a first come, first served basis.

Downtown Library

  • Computers are available at the Downtown Library for 3 hours at a time, with your library card.

  • Computer Lab: 22 computers with access to the Internet, electronic databases, library catalogs and Microsoft Office.

  • Teen Computer Lab: 16 computers for teen use. Open between the hours of 1-9PM M-Th; 1-5 F; 10-5 Sat; 12-5 Sun.

  • Family Place: 7 computers for use by children and 6 toddler touchscreen computers.

  • ADA: there is one ADA computer in the Computer Lab.

Branch Libraries

  • All branches feature computers that offer access to the Internet, online databases and library resources, library catalog and Microsoft Office.

  • Toddler touchscreen computers are available at all libraries.


Printing from public access computers costs $.25 per page in black and white and $.35 in color.

Wireless printing from smartphones, tablets, and laptops is available at all locations.

Click here to add money to your account using a credit card.

Electronic Device Checkout

The library has electronic devices including laptops and iPads for check-out to Peninsula Library System cardholders in good standing with an Electronic Device Loan Agreement on file. Electronic Devices will be available to check-out only during open hours, for use in the library. Find more information about Electronic Device Checkout.

Thanks to the generosity of Facebook and the Latino Community Council of Redwood City, the Fair Oaks Branch Library has 48 iPads available for 1 week home use.  The iPads are preloaded with educational apps selected by the Redwood City School District for children grades Pre-K through 2nd grade. Program Flyer [PDF]

Wireless Access

Free WiFi is available at all Library locations. The Library uses best efforts to ensure network security, but keep in mind that this is an open and unsecured network. WiFi FAQs

NEW Personal Wi-Fi Devices! Thanks to the generosity of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Bothin Foundation, Equinix, and the Redwood City Library Foundation, the library is now offering personal Wi-Fi devices for checkout from the Fair Oaks Branch Library and the Downtown Library.  All devices checkout for 3 weeks.  


Other Technology


All locations have copy machines that print in color and black & white. Copying costs $.25 per page in black and white, and $.35 per page in color.

Faxing & Scanning

Faxing and scanning is available at the Downtown Library. Scanning and first page for US fax is $1.75, each page thereafter is $1.00 per page.

Microfilm Reader

There is a microfilm reader at the Downtown Library. The reader accepts both microfilm and microfiche.

Print Magnifier

There is a print magnifier in the Downtown Library computer lab available for public use.