Currently, the time limit for computer usage in 60 minutes per person per day. Up to two 30-minute extensions will be granted if there is no waiting list.
Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each user is limited to two hours per session. If there is no wait list after those two hours, the user may be granted an additional four hours of time. Computers will prompt users to enter their library card number to begin a session.
The library offers desktop computers that are situated in different areas of the library. Desktops are equipped with internet access, Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and fee-based printing.
Borrow a laptop for in-library use at the front desk.
Using the Computer
Users must have a valid library card within Allegheny County. Out of town visitors, upon providing photo identification, may use a guest card provided by a library staff member. Patrons owing $10.00 or more in fines will not be able to access computer resources until the fines are below the $10.00 threshold.
Printing from public computers is available at a cost of $.15 for black and white copies and $.50 for color copies. Print jobs will be released at the front desk once payment is made.
Print and Go
Print directly from devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets. Email your files as an attachment to email@example.com, using your full name as the subject line. Within two business days, visit the library to retrieve your prints. The cost of printing is 15 cents for black and white copies and 50 cents for color copies.
To make the library a more pleasant atmosphere for all, patrons must wear earphones or earbuds when listening to digital media on public computers. The library sells earbuds at the front desk for $1.00.
For security purposes, all documents saved to the computer hard drive will be deleted after the patron has logged off. The library advises patrons to provide their own storage options for saving work. All of the desktop computers come equipped with DVD/CD drives and multiple ports for USB drives. The library sells 8 GB flash drives at the front desk for $10 each.
Wi-Fi in the Library
The library provides free Wi-Fi access to all library visitors.Getting online is quick and simple. Bring your laptop, tablet, or eReader that you wish to connect to our Wi-Fi, and follow the instructions below:
- Turn on your laptop and make sure the wireless internet card is activated.
- Click on the wireless network icon on your computer and connect to the “Greentree Library” wireless internet signal.
- Click on the Log In button that appears on your screen.
- Open your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc.).
- Start surfing the internet.
Wi-Fi at Home: Borrow a Hotspot
Green Tree Public Library loans out WiFi hotspots to cardholders. A WiFi hotspot is a device you can use to connect a mobile-enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, to the Internet. The hotspot is portable, so it goes where you go – on the bus, in a park or at home. It’s perfect for business and leisure travel too. With the hotspot, users no longer have to contend with roaming charges and spotty internet access while on the road.
Library cardholders may borrow one WiFi hotspot at a time, which can support up to 10 WiFi enabled devices. The hotspots go out for one week and cannot be renewed. Stop into the library to either pick up a hotspot, if available, or put yourself on the waiting list to receive one later. Like other library items, the hotspots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be lent out in the order in which they are requested. At this time, hotspots cannot be placed on hold from other libraries nor transferred to other libraries through delivery. Hotspots must be returned during regular business hours.
Borrowing and using the device is free! However, a fine of $1.00 per day will be assessed for overdue hotspots and Internet access will be deactivated within 24 hours beyond their due date. Should the hotspot or its accessories be lost or damaged, the borrower would be responsible for its replacement fee ($70.00 for the hotspot, $10.00 for the charger and $13.00 for the case). One more thing to keep in mind: patrons’ internet usage is not tracked by the Library, but while using the hotspots, patrons are governed by the same rules as the Library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy and Internet Use Policy. The hotspots are easy and convenient to use. Each one is packaged as a kit that includes a case, a charger and step-by-step instructions.
Computer and Internet Policies
The library has several policies in place governing the use of public computers.