Computers & WiFi

Computers & WiFi

TCPL offers free access to the internet on library-provided PCs and through WiFi. Our PCs are also equipped with Microsoft Office--Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher--and other software applications. Public computers are available in the Information & Learning Services, Youth Services, and Teen Services sections of the library.

Please read our Computer Access Guidelines before using our computers or internet service.

Please see our latest service updates regarding COVID-19 here.

 

Youth Services Computers

Youth Services internet stations are located in the Youth Services department, and are restricted to children five to twelve (5 - 12) years old.

Early Learning Computers
We have Early Learning Computer stations with fun and educational programs on topics such as music, language, anatomy, science, history, geography, building literacy skills and more.

Parents & Caregivers Computers
We have two internet stations reserved just for parents visiting our department with children. They are located next to our play area.

WiFi

Access our free high-speed wireless (WiFi) service with your laptop or mobile device from anywhere in the building. You will need your library card to access the service which allows you unlimited time while the library is open, and offers the option to print for a fee.

 

Computer Access Guidelines

General
  1. Internet use must be consistent with the current Library Code of Conduct, which is posted throughout the Library. Use of TCPL Internet computers and services is a privilege, and is not a right.
  2. Individuals twelve (12) years of age or younger must have the authorization of a parent or guardian to disclose personal information on the Internet.
  3. Children and young adults (ages 5 – 17) who are issued library cards will have unfiltered access to our collections and our services, including access to the internet through our public computers and WiFi service. Full responsibility for the use of materials and resources by minors (i.e. use by children under eighteen years of age) rests with their parents, guardians, and caregivers. Any restriction of children’s access to the internet is the responsibility of parents, guardians, and caregivers. Parents, guardians, and caregivers who do not want their children accessing the internet from library computers may opt them out of this service by notifying a staff member at Access and Circulation Services. Access to WiFi services via personal devices cannot be restricted based on age.
  4. Unauthorized disclosure of, use of, or dissemination of any minor's personal information by means of the internet, email, or any electronic technology is forbidden.
  5. Images of child pornography, or those which are sexually explicit, obscene, or harmful to minors may neither be displayed nor printed, and are expressly prohibited under New York State Penal Law § 235.00-235.24.
  6. Internet computers and network services may not be used for illegal activities, including harassment of others. Patrons may not misrepresent themselves when using the internet.
  7. Library patrons may not tamper with, alter, edit, damage or remove computer hardware, data and/or software.
Internet Access - Wired & Wireless Access
  1. This internet access option is open to patrons of all ages. Parents, guardians, and caregivers are responsible for supervising and guaranteeing their children’s proper and safe use of the internet.
  2. Use of the Library's internet access constitutes acceptance of this internet policy.
  3. Library patrons are responsible for configuring equipment to access the Library's service.
Library-Supplied Internet Computers
  1. All internet users must be registered TCPL or FLLS library card holders.
  2. Internet computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis for the next available computer.
  3. Patrons may receive up to ninety (90) minutes of access per day on the Information and Learning Services internet stations or up to sixty (60) minutes per day on the Youth Services and Teen Center computers and this access may be divided among multiple sessions.
  4. Patrons may not extend their time by using additional library cards.
  5. Information and Learning Services Internet computers are reserved for adults and young adults ages thirteen (13) and older.
  6. Teen Internet computers are reserved for young adults (ages 12-17).
  7. Youth Services Internet computers are reserved for children (ages 5-12).
  8. TCPL reserves the right to limit the number of people at individual Internet computers.

 

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 14
About this event::
Children ages 9-13 are welcome to join our Homeschool Book Club! The club will meet monthly to discuss books from a variety of genres on the 4th Thursday of each month at 11 in the morning. Registration for book club meetings is required as space is ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Book a librarian or volunteer technology tutor for help with digital downloads, such as borrowing eBooks, or basic computer questions.  **Please note - This series of appointments will be with volunteer technology tutor, Gusti, and he is able...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults, Families
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Health & Wellness, Online Chat
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 11
About this event::
Join Sarah Grant Curless for a weekly nutrition informational session.  This week's topic is Comfort Food Switch Ups.  Learn how to take some of your favorite comfort foods and put a healthy twist on them. Try it out with this recipe for Br...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Join us for Spanish storytime - stories, songs, and crafts - completely in Spanish!  Fun for the whole family, this storytime is a wonderful chance to be immersed in the Spanish language and a wonderful time to practice your language skills with...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments
About this event::
Business Leaders of Colors is a network of small business owners committed to racial, social and economic justice. The network was formed to level the playing field and create a cooperative space for commerce that will serve the under-served and unde...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Makerspace Open Hours

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Makerspace
About this event::
Drop-in open hours are back! Registration is no longer required. We still must adhere to room occupancy requirements (max. 10 people at a time), but do not anticipate this being an issue often.  Visit the Makerspace to use the laser cutter, 3...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Spring Baby Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Weather permitting, caregivers and their babies are invited to join Cassie at the park next to the Henry St. John Building at 301 S. Geneva St. for music, rhymes, movement and books. On days when the temperature is forecasted to be lower than ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Book a librarian or volunteer technology tutor for help with digital downloads, such as borrowing eBooks, or basic computer questions.  **Please note - This series of appointments will be with volunteer technology tutor, Gusti, and he is able...