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Computers & WiFi



The Allen County Public Library has over 450 computers available for customer use at the main library and its thirteen branches with access to the Internet, library catalog, and MS Office products. 

All public computers contain:

  • Windows 7
  • MS Office 2013 applications including Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher,  and Word.
  • Web Browsers – Internet Explorer and Firefox


All computers have USB ports. Flash drives are available for purchase at all locations. 

A public computer can be used for 1 hour with a valid ACPL card. Customers may bring their own headphones to listen to audio. Headphones are, also, available for purchase at all locations.

By choosing to use one of the public computers, customers agree to abide by the ACPL’s Use of Computer and Internet Resources Policy.



Free Wireless Internet Access is available at all 14 ACPL locations. 

Simply bring your wireless enabled device to the Library and turn it on. 

When your wireless network card senses a signal, a message appears on your screen indicating a wireless network is available. From the available wireless networks connect to ACPL WiFi. For more information see WiFi Service & Troubleshooting Guide in Adobe PDF format.



Patrons may print from any public computer for .10 cents a page. For Allen County Public Library Card holders, money can be added to your Library Card.

For out of county patrons, a Print Card can be purchased for one dollar. The pay for print vending machines will only accept paper money and do not dispense change.
Prior to printing, you are encouraged to Preview your print job beforehand so that you can avoid unwanted printing byselecting specific pages.

We also offer WiFi Printing. This service is a browser-based solution that makes it easy to print without needing to install printer drivers. You can print from any device that is connected to our network and has a web browser.

Computer & Printing How-Tos

All public computers at the Allen County Public Library have USB ports. Computer files can be saved on a USB flash drive that does not have “smart drive” capability. Flash drives with the “smart drive” capability try to install software on the computer which is restricted on public computers at the library. Flash drives are available for purchase at all checkout desks.

There are several other options to save files:

Send yourself an email with the file attached. This can be done by using a web-based email account (free accounts can be created at Yahoo mail, Hotmail, Gmail). Email the file as an attachment to yourself and retrieve it later from another internet-connected computer.

Use a free online document management service to store your file. Google Docs, Zoho, and ThinkFree are free services that let you store and share documents online. You can access and edit the documents you store from any computer connected to the Internet.

Saving Files to a USB Flash Drive

Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port. After attaching a
USB flash drive you will likely get this error. Click OK to clear
this error.

Open My Computer to see the drive letter of the USB flash
drive (shows as D in the picture on the right).
From Firefox and Internet Explorer files can be saved to the
desktop of a public computer and then copied to a flash

From the File menu choose Save As, name the file that you
wish to save and click on OK. Open My Computer and drag
the file from the desktop to the USB flash drive.

Note: All files will be deleted from the desktop when you end
the computer session or the computer is logged off.

You are not able to save files to the desktop from the
Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Power Point,
Publisher, and Access). From these products use the Save
option under the File menu to save to the USB flash
drive. If you try to save to the desktop, you will get the error
on the right.

1. Press the Finish button

2. Insert one dollar.

3. A Print Card is dispensed from the machine.

4. Swipe Print Card or Library Card through reader.

5. Insert desired amount of money to add value.

6. The balance on the account is updated.

1. Patron selects print and is asked to give a username for his print job.

2. At the print release station, the patron sees his print job listed.

3. The patron selects his print job and then clicks Print.

4.When the patron clicks Print, he is then asked to scan his library card or print card.

5. The patron then enters his PIN. (Patrons create a PIN the very first time they release a print job, but thereafter they only enter the PIN once.)

6. The patron is notified of his account balance, the price of the print job, and the remaining balance on his card. The patron may cancel at this point if desired.

Click the Print Preview button on the toolbar (to the left of the printer button), or click File>Print Preview

View pages by clicking on the right or left arrows next to the page number box.

Change the margins if necessary by clicking the page setup button

Click the Print button after selecting specific pages to print.

Select File and then select Print Preview

View pages by clicking on the right or left arrows next to the page number box.

Change the margins if necessary by clicking on the Page Setup button.

Click the Print button and select the pages that you want to print. Click OK.

Select File and then select Print Preview

Use the buttons on the toolbar to look over the page or make adjustments before printing.

The status bar at the bottom indicates this is page 1 of 6.

Select File>Print. In the Page Range section, select the pages that you want to print. Click OK.