Each branch has public computers with access to the Internet, library catalog, information databases and Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. A desktop computer can be reserved for 30 minutes with a valid Gwinnett County Public Library card and Password/PIN. A computer session can be renewed for an additional 30 minutes provided another customer is not waiting. Computers begin the shutdown process 10 minutes prior to closing. Reservations and renewals are not available during this time.
Chromebooks are available for use and have a 15 minute time limit.
TechStudio & TechStations
Go beyond basic software and utilize professional quality tools for image and video editing, design, and media creation. TechStudio is available at the Five Forks branch. TechStations are available at all branches. Learn more here.
Each branch is being outfitted with two iMacs in the Teen area. The iMacs are equipped with OS/X, MS Office, and the standard Apple software suite.
When you connect to any of the library’s networks (wired or wireless), you acknowledge that you have read, understand and consent to abide by the Library’s Internet Safety Policy.
Free wireless internet access is available at all library branches.
The library’s SSID is “gwinnettlibrary“ and requires no password.
As with most public wireless “hot spots,” the library’s wireless connection is not secure. There can be untrusted parties between you and anybody with whom you communicate with, and any information being transmitted could potentially be intercepted by another wireless user. Cautious and informed wireless users should choose not to transmit personal information (credit card numbers, passwords and any other sensitive information) while using any wireless “hot spot.” Please take appropriate precautions when using this service.
You will need a notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device with 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless networking.
All wireless access users should have up-to-date virus protection on their laptop computers or wireless devices. The library will not be responsible for any information (i.e. credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking.
Library staff can provide general information for connecting your device to the wireless network, but cannot troubleshoot problems related to your wireless device or assist in making changes to your device’s network settings and/or hardware configuration. The Library cannot guarantee that your device will work with the Library’s wireless access points.
If you are having difficulty connecting to GCPL wireless, you may try the following:
The library offers wireless printing via SAM: Wireless Print. Please note, this printing service will not work on all laptops or operating systems. Install the wireless driver on your laptop: Wireless printing driver.
Smart Alec enables customer not to be tied down to the library’s desktop PCs while in the library, but allows them to use wireless devices to do their printing. Smart Alec is currently available on Android devices and can be downloaded from Google’s Play Store for free.
Printing & Photocopying
Photocopying and printing from library computers in both color and black and white is available at all library locations. Library photocopiers and printers cannot be used with your personal paper, including photo paper, labels, or cardstock.
Copy & Print Prices:
Black & White (all sizes): 15¢
Color (all sizes): 50¢
You can print from your laptop in our branches. After turning on your computer and accepting the Internet Safety Policy you will be given the option to download a small printer driver for use with our Print Management system. The printer driver is deleted when you reboot your computer. At this time, the printer driver is compatible with machines running most versions of Windows or Mac OS X.
Early Literacy iPads
Every library branch provides Early Literacy iPads loaded with apps that enhance the learning experience for pre-readers and early readers. The Early Literacy iPads offer a multi-sensory tool for engaging a child in a creative, collaborative environment. Here is the list of selected apps in the branch ipads. Learn more about early literacy here.