Technology Resources


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Public PCs | Wireless Internet | Creation Station | Scanner | Fax | Copier | Downloads | Meeting Rooms | Literacy Unlimited Training Lab

The following technology resources are available at the Framingham Public Library

Public PCs
We have a number of personal computers available for use in the library. Most PCs can be used for accessing the Internet, and are configured with Microsoft Office. All of our PCs use Microsoft Windows.

Our public computers have time limits. Details vary by location, and may change depending on demand. Except where noted, all PCs have a fast broadband connection to the Internet. Monochrome ($.20/page) and Color ($.30/page) printing is available at all 3 locations below.

Patrons generally must have a Minuteman library card to use the computers. In special circumstances, Guest Passes are available.

For sanitary reasons, headphones are not available for public PCs. However, you may use your personal headphones if you like. You may also purchase headphones for $2 at the Circulation Desk.

Main Library Reference Department:
5 "Express" PCs for brief sessions
15 Sit-down PCs for longer sessions
1 PC reserved for patrons with disabilities
1 PC for Microsoft Office use (no Internet)
1 PC for Advanced Software (Creation Station)
1 Public Internet Kiosk in the lobby

USB Flash drives are available for purchase at this location

Main Library Reference Department
Main Library Children's Department:
8 PCs in our "Homework Center" -- only for children up to 12 years old
1 PC for older children or adults
2 PCs dedicated for games (no Internet)
Main Library Children's Department

Main Library Young Adult Space:
7 PCs for teens


 
McAuliffe Branch Library:
4 Sit-down PCs
McAuliffe Branch Library

Wireless Internet and Printing
Public Wi-Fi is available at both the Main Library and the McAuliffe Branch.

Instructions for connecting to the network are available in wireless handout which is also available at the Reference desk.

In the Main Library, patrons may print wirelessly from their laptops, phones, or tablets, in monochrome or color ($.20/page Black & White, $.30/page Color.)

Creation Station
The Creation Station offers access to advanced software applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Project, Visio, and Visual Studio. The Friends of the Framingham Library graciously provided funding for much of the Creation Station.

Creation StationSoftware on the Creation Station:
Adobe Creative Suite 6:
Photoshop CS6, Acrobat X Pro, Flash Professional CS6, Illustrator CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, InDesign CS6, Fireworks CS6, Extension Manager CS6, Media Encoder CS6, ExtendedScript Toolkit CS6, Adobe Bridge CS6
Microsoft Office 2010:
Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, Access, InfoPath, OneNote, SharePoint Workspace
More:
Visio 2013, Project 2013, Visual Studio 2012, QuickBooks Premier Edition 2012, IrfanView, Windows MovieMaker, VLC, RealPlayer

Scanner
The main library has an easy-to-use scanner located scannerat the Reference desk.

Scan documents, photos, pages from books, and more.

You can save your documents in formats such as PDF, Word, and JPEG.

You have four choices for your documents: you can either:
(1) print in black & white or color, (2) e-mail, (3) upload to Google Docs, or (4) save to a flash drive.

Fax
The main library has a fax machine that can be used with credit or debit cards.

Faxes sent to the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean cost $1.75 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page. International destinations cost $3.95 for the first page, and $3.45 for each additional page.

If you know the e-mail address of your recipient, you can use the scanner instead which is free to e-mail.

Copier
We have a photocopier on each level of the library. Prints are $0.20 a page.

Downloads: eBooks, Movies, Music, and Magazines
You can download eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, music, and TV shows onto your computer, tablet, or phone. Visit our Digital page to get started.

We offer drop-in Device Advice every Monday and Wednesday night from 6pm-9pm if you need help with any of our digital offerings.

Meeting Room Technology
Several of our meeting rooms are equipped with projectors and built-in audio systems, for special programs. Contact Library Administration at 508-532-5570 x4333 to inquire about reserving a meeting room and for further information.

Literacy Unlimited Training Lab

Literacy Unlimited Training Lab
Literacy Unlimited has 8 PCs which can be used by tutors and students who have been registered in advance by a Literacy Unlimited staff member. There are also several PCs (non-Internet) dedicated for learning languages.

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  Updated November 2014

 

 

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