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WiFi Hotspot Devices

As part of the Bridging the Digital Divide initiative, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Bothin Foundation, Equinix, and the Redwood City Library Foundation have brought personal Wi-Fi hotspot devices to the Redwood City Public Library. Customers will be able to checkout Verizon devices from the Fair Oaks Branch Library and Sprint devices from the Downtown Library.  All devices checkout for three weeks. For more information, please see the English flyer or en Español.

Computer Help

Drop-in computer help is available every Wednesday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room at the Downtown Library.

Need help with eBooks or other technology questions? We have instructors on hand to assist you with your technology questions. No reservation required.

Check our events page for our full 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 three 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: seven computers for use by children and six 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 checkout to Peninsula Library System cardholders in good standing available to checkout during open hours, for use in the library.

Thanks to the generosity of Facebook and the Latino Community Council of Redwood City, the Fair Oaks Branch Library has 48 iPads available for one 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.

Wireless Access

Free Wi-Fi 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. Wi-Fi 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 three 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.