Computers

Computers and equipment

Multnomah County Library has about 700 public PCs at its 19 neighborhood locations. Learn more about the library's computer services and policies. With a library card or current, valid photo ID, all patrons and visitors can use library computers for 4 hours per day. Computers can be used from opening until 10 minutes before closing. Questions?

For additional internet time, patrons who are 13 years or older can check out Chromebooks to use in the library. 

All library locations offer:

  • Windows 10 PCs with headphones
  • Microsoft Office 2016 versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and Publisher, and other software  
  • Wi-fi access during all open hours, until 10 minutes before closing time
  • All libraries have electrical outlets for use and some  libraries have charging cables to loan
  • Access to and help using online databases and resources
  • Printers: Black-and-white printing is 10-cents per page. Color printing is 50-cents per side of a page, and is available only at North Portland Library during the North Portland Library’s Computer Help program. Please call 503.988.5123 for availability.
  • Copiers: Black-and-white copies only, for 10-cents per side of a page.
  • Mobile / wireless printing from your personal laptop and almost any internet-enabled mobile device.
  • Flash drives and earbud-style headphones for sale.
  • A library document station for scanning, printing and faxing: A library document station is a large device that efficiently scans and transfers content to email, smartphones, USB flash drives, fax, Google drive and public printers. The station scans to devices and to the cloud and includes free faxing. Faxes may be sent, but not received.
  • Staff assistance with any of these library technologies. 

Computer help

Free technology assistance is available in a variety of ways:

  • Computer support is available at libraries’ service desks.
  • Classes — classroom style instruction, registration generally required.
  • Computer help — scheduled lab times with friendly, patient assistants.
  • Tech Help — one-on-one technology assistance by appointment and walk-up.
  • Contact us for one-on-one research and computer support by appointment.

Computers for children

Every library has iPads with lots of games, and computers with filtered internet access reserved for children. For information on filtering, see Acceptable Use of the Internet and Library Computers.

Adaptive technology

All of our library locations offer at least one computer equipped with adaptive technology, such as:  ZoomText (screen magnification software), JAWS for Windows (screen-reading software), and QuickLaunch (hotkey software that launches ZoomText and JAWS). Other accessible services are also available.

Library computer policies