Multnomah County Library has about 700 public PCs at its 19 neighborhood locations as well as laptops to use within the library.
Library computers feature
- Internet access
- Microsoft Office 2007 software (Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
- Access to the library's many online resources, like magazine and newspaper searching
The PCs are equipped with privacy screens and allow patrons to download data to a standard flash drive. You may use your own flash drives or purchase one at the library for $5. Printing costs 10 cents per page.
The Community Chromebooks program, funded by the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission with funds provided by Comcast, provides about 175 laptops across the system. The laptops can be borrowed for two hours for use within the library. You must be 18 or older, have a library account in good standing and photo identification. Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They cannot be reserved ahead of time.
Due to high demand, patrons are limited to two one-hour sessions per day on library machines that offer Internet access and office software. Additional time may be reserved on a computer at the North Portland Library computer lab, or you may attend another open lab.
The library hosts a variety of computer labs and classes. All seven computer labs include:
- Internet access
- Walk-in sign-up (North Portland also accepts reservations)
- Additional time on a PC if no one is waiting
- Access for all ages unless otherwise noted
Some restrictions may apply.
These following items are available for use at the branches listed.
CD Rom Drives
- Available during computer lab hours at Gresham, Hollywood, Midland, North Portland
- Available during all open hours at Kenton
Available during open hours at all branches except Albina
Free one-on-one computer help for the whole family. No registration required.
Friendly, trained TechnoHost volunteers can help you with basic computer issues: creating and saving documents, printing, sending email, connecting to the library wi-fi, searching the web, and navigating the library’s website and catalog.
Library computer policies
Computers for children
Every library has computers reserved for children. These computers offer educational software and internet access. Internet access is filtered for Kids 12 and younger. Teens have unfiltered Internet access. A child’s parent or guardian may request that the filter be turned on or off.
Most of our library locations offer at least one computer equipped with adaptive technology. In addition to the services on regular library computers, these computers have ZoomText (screen magnification software), JAWS for Windows (screen-reading software), QuickLaunch (hotkey software that launches ZoomText and JAWS) and headphones.
More information about accessible services.