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.

Special Software — Boardmaker
Create printed materials like communication boards, sequences and visual schedules. Easy-to-use features let you design your own materials, with symbols supported in 44 languages. You choose the topics, symbols, labels, colors, borders, and more. Available for in-house use only. Please ask for software at the Youth Services Desk.

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 "Adults" group.

Break for Books

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Online Chat
About this event::
Join us on Wednesdays from noon to 1 on Facebook for a lively discussion about what we're all reading! Following our book chat, we'll update the Patron Picks list so everyone can have a handy list of the recommendations for that week. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Offsite
About this event::
Facilitated by psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Anna Salamone, RN, LCSW, these sessions will encourage participants to shift out of "automatic pilot" mode and observe the workings of the mind, body, a...
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
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Kids ages 8 - 12 are invited to join STEAM Book Club. This month we are reading Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher. Special guest TBA. Register online and we will contact you when your book is ready for pick-up at the Library. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Virtual ESL Talk Time

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Other
About this event::
Do you want to practice your conversation skills? Join our virtual discussion and meet others who are learning English in an informal and friendly group setting. In these meetings, English language learners will have the opportunity to talk with...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Classes and Workshops, Makerspace, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Cady to learn about sewing machines or hand crafts. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, you can opt to focus on one of the following topics:   1. Take a tour of a sewing machine, and l...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Joyce to learn about readers' advisory tools to help you find your next great book. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, we can talk about: How to use the catalog to find books on a partic...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: STEAM
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Have you ever wanted to learn how to write code for a video game or an animation? The TCPL Virtual Coding Club is here to help!   Tweens ages 8 - 12 are invited to the TCPL Virtual Coding club where they will be introduced to Python through...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Poetry, Writing
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
About this event::
One of the difficulties creative writers are experiencing in the current unprecedented convergence of horrors both politically and related to the pandemic is the difficulty of writing with nuance and lyric effectiveness when reality feels so exaggera...