Computers & Equipment
All of our locations offer free access to computers you can use to search our online resources, connect to the internet and use popular software, like Microsoft Office. At many branches, you can use your Library card to borrow a laptop or use one of our printers, copiers or scanners.
Use a Computer
All branches have computers you can use to search our catalog and databases for as long as you like. 30 Minute Express computers can be used for quick research and computers without internet have no time limits.
Use your library card for computers with internet up to 2 hours per day. We also have job search computers you can use for an additional two hours per day on Level 7 at the Central Library and at some other branches. All our computers have permanent privacy screens.
Reserve a Computer
Computers are available for reservations in addition to walk up. Use your Library card to reserve a computer for up to 2 hours per day. (30 minute Express computers cannot be reserved.)
No card? Request a guest pass for one 30-minute session. Visitors to Seattle and non-residents can buy a temporary Library card. Find out how to get a Library card.
Print & Copy
All Library locations offer a limited number of free printed pages. You can print to our printers from Library computers using the printing interface, or print from your own device—even if you are not in the Library. Copying is also available.
Scan, Fax & Translate
Many Library locations have self-service ScanEZ kiosks for high speed scanning, faxing and translating documents and photos.
Internet Access & HotSpots
Wireless Internet Access
We provide free wireless internet access during open hours to anyone with a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or mobile device at all locations. Just connect your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to our wireless network spl-public.
Like any public wireless network, our Wi-Fi service is not secure. Be aware of the risks and avoid sending sensitive information through the network.
Ethernet ports are available at the Central Library.
You are welcome to use your laptop or mobile device at your Library. We ask that you avoid disturbing other patrons and wear headphones when you play audio or video.
Please keep your viewing and browsing private by positioning the screen so that others cannot easily see it. If you need to make a phone call, do so in an area where you will not disturb others.
The Seattle Public Library does not monitor or filter patron access to the internet except as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and other applicable law. For more detailed information, please see our Public Use of the Internet Policy.
You can use your Library card to check out and take home an easy-to-use Wi-Fi HotSpot. You can connect up to 15 laptops, tablets, or other devices to the internet for free from anywhere with cellular coverage. You can reserve a HotSpot like you would any other item in our catalog and pick it up at your neighborhood branch.
FlexTech Laptops & Graphing Calculators
Some branches have laptops and graphing calculators you can borrow while you are in the branch. You can use laptops to access the internet and our online resources.
We have helpful tools available to use in your Library at no charge to make it easier for people with vision, hearing and mobility impairments to use computers.
All locations offer:
- Screen enlarging software (ZoomText)
- Screen magnifying software (XP Magnifier)
- Screen reading software (JAWS)
- An accessibility kit with a variety of magnifiers and writing guides to use in the Library
Some branches and the Central Library offer additional support, offer additional support, including ADA-accessible computers and large print keyboards.
Video Conference Meeting Rooms
Need a private room with a computer for a video call or online meeting? The Central Library and several branches have rooms with equipment you can use. Find out more about meeting and study rooms and how to reserve one.