Technology Access

Mobile hotspots

  • Keep for one week; renew up to five times if no one is waiting.
  • Must be an Oak Park Public Library cardholder.
  • 4G device connects WiFi-enabled smartphones, tablets, and laptops to the Internet from any location within Sprint’s 4G coverage area.
  • One hotspot connects up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices; a fully charged device lasts about six hours.
  • Check out and return at service desks in all three buildings. Replacement cost is $80.
  • Comes in a zipped bag with power cord, adaptor, and instruction card.
  • Connect to the internet with the ZTE Warp Connect Hotspot (pdf) »
  • Can reciprocal borrowers check out a hotspot? Currently, hotspots are available only for Oak Park Public Library cardholders. Looking for options? Communities including Chicago and Forest Park offer mobile hotspots to their library cardholders.

WiFi

  • Inside the library: use the “opplair” network.
  • Outside the Main Library: use “scovillepark” network, available in partnership with the Park District of Oak Park.

Desktop computers

  • Available during open hours until 10 minutes before the building closes.
  • Internet access and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher).
  • Dedicated stations for individuals with visual impairments and for children with special needs.
  • Session limits:
    • Express (walk-up, not reservable): 20 minutes
    • Regular (reserve at the library service desk): two hours

Mobile devices

  • Include laptops and iPad Minis for on-site only use.
  • Require a library card registered with us and less than $50 in fees.
  • Cardholders are responsible for loss or damages, so devices should never be left unattended.

Mobile device loan limits

  • For adults and teens:
    • iPad Minis and laptops: up to two hours.
    • DVD players: up to four hours.
  • For children ages 8-13:
    • DVD players: up to four hours.
  • For children in grades 4-8:
    • Chromebooks: up to two hours.

More about laptops

  • WiFi Internet access and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Save documents to a flash drive and use it to print directly from library copiers; black and white ($0.15 per page) or color printing ($0.25 per page) is available.

More about DVD players

  • Come with headphones.
  • For adults and teens: 13.3-inch swivel screens. Built-in USB and SD card readers. Play music, movies, view pictures.
  • For kids: 9-inch screens. Play music, movies, view pictures.

Scan, copy, print stations

  • All library locations.
  • Scan for free. Send via email, save to drives (USB, OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox).
  • Black and white: 15¢ a page; color: 25¢ a page.

Special print technology

Wireless printing from anywhere

Faxing

  • Local and long-distance faxing is available using the copy machine in the Main Library Lobby for $.50 a page.
  • FedEx Office offers international faxing.