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

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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Lectures
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This interactive virtual webinar shares 4 strategies families can use to create the next new normal  In our time together, parents and caregivers will: Learn self-care tips that add no time to the day Find authentic direction as a fam...
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
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Join us at this community meeting to build local capacity to provide a restorative justice process similar to the one used in Buffalo with the local mediation center, Center for Resolution and Justice (CRJ) and a community RJ coalition.&nbs...
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Writing
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Explore the secrets of the library in this virtual two-part writing workshop for ages 8-11 given by author Anne Mazer. Only supplies you'll need are a notebook, a favorite pen, your curiosity and imagination!  Register for one or both sessions. ...
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
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When someone under the age of 65 is diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer's or related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial.  This program will address the benefit of early diagnosis, genetic links, employment issues, lega...
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Local History
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Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Meghan to learn about research methods and resources for your genealogy or local history project. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, we can review topics such as: How to use HeritageQuest....
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Break for Movies

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Online Chat
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Join us to talk about movies, TV shows, and other viewing interests! Mondays, 12-1 pm on Facebook.  ...
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Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Other
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Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Joyce to help you find your next great book. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, we can talk about the 5 "Ws" of finding a good book for you: Who are your favorite authors? What books h...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments
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Seats Remaining: 1
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Reserve a 30 minute virtual appointment with Librarian Assistant Josh for a tutorial on one of the following software programs: Inkscape (Free and open-source vector graphics editor that can be used for preparing designs for laser cut...