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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. If customers do not have a library card, they can request one guest pass per day good for 1-hour from the staff at each location.

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.

  • Computer Lab Kiosk: 10 devices are available for 3-hour checkout to be used anywhere inside the library.

  • Teen Computer Lab: 15 computers for teen use. Open between the hours of 1-9 PM M-Th; 1-5 F; 10-5 Sat; 12-5 Sun.

  • Family Place: seven computers for use by children and six toddler iPads preloaded with children's apps.

  • 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 iPads are available at all branch libraries. At Fair Oaks Branch Library, two mounted iPads are available for children. At Redwood Shores Branch Library and Schaberg Branch Library children's iPads preloaded with apps can be checked out from the front desk.

  • At the Fair Oaks Branch Library, there are 11 laptops available for 3-hour checkout in the library and 5 teen gaming laptops for teen checkout in the library for three hours. Devices are available for checkout from the services desk and require a library card.

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.

Printing

Printing from public access computers costs $.25 per page in black and white and $.35 in color. Instructions for printing using library computers.

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

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

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

Electronic Device Checkout

The library has electronic devices including laptops, iPads and Wi-Fi Hotspots for checkout to Peninsula Library System cardholders in good standing.

iPads

  • The Fair Oaks Branch Library has 48 iPads preloaded with educational apps selected by the Redwood City School District for children grades Pre-K through 2nd grade. Anyone in good standing may checkout a device. Devices are available for 1 week at a time.

  • The Fair Oaks Branch Library has 10 iPads preloaded with ABCmouse apps that allow families access for 1-month home checkout.

  • At the Redwood Shores Branch Library and the Schaberg Branch Library, iPads preloaded with children's apps are available for checkout from the front desk for in library use.

Laptops

  • At the Downtown Library, there are 10 laptops available for 3-hour checkout to be used anywhere inside the library. These devices are located in the Computer Lab and require a library card to checkout.

  • At the Fair Oaks Branch Library, there are 11 laptops available for 3-hour checkout in the library and 5 teen gaming laptops for teen checkout in the library for three hours. Devices are available for checkout from the services desk and require a library card.

WiFi Hotspot Devices

WiFi Hotspots are available at the Downtown Library and the Fair Oaks Branch Library on a first come first serve basis. To check out a device, visit one of these libraries and ask at the front desk if a device is available. You may call ahead, however, the devices cannot be reserved. Devices check out for 3 weeks. Once the 3 weeks has passed, if the device has not been returned, the data will be turned off. Devices must be returned to front desk staff during open hours and not the book-drop so that customers are not charged for damages that may occur.

For more information, please see the English flyer or en Español.

Other Available Technology

Copiers & Scanning

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.

Scanning is available for free from all libraries using the copy machines. Customers must bring their own data storage devices. For instructions on scanning, follow these steps.

Device Chargers, DVD/CD Players, & Headphones

iPhone and Android chargers are available for checkout at each branch, customers need to either check-out on their library card or use one of these forms of collateral: Driver's License, ID card, student ID card, official DMV temporary ID in paper form, transit card with photo, other card with name on it (like medical card or insurance card), keys. We do not accept high value items, photocopies of identification or credit cards.

DVD/CD players and headphones are available at the Downtown Library. Customers may check these out with their library cards or the above listed collateral.

Faxing

Faxing 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.