The Internet is free at the library, and there is high-speed WiFi access everywhere except Kilbride. All public computers come with Internet use session management to make sure that everyone has fair access to library computers. This means that you can use a computer for a limited time every day, if one is available.
All locations have public access computers (PACs) with a Windows 10 operating system and are loaded with Microsoft Office 2016 (now with basic PDF editing capabilities), and upgraded Internet browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox, Microsoft Internet Explorer. You'll experience faster load times on machines that are compatible with newer versions of popular software.
What You Need to Know About Using Public Computers
- You need a BPL library card to sign in. Your password is typically the last four digits of your telephone number, unless you've changed it. Out of town visitors can use our 30-minute quick access terminals.
- The computer automatically locks after 10 minutes of non-activity. It will stay locked for 10 more minutes, then the session will end unless activity resumes.
- All information, saved or not, is lost when a session ends. Anything saved in My Documents or on the desktop, and your Internet search history is lost at the end of the session.
- You must click the I AGREE button to connect to the library's network from our Internet Access Policy screen. If you successfully connect, you will enter Burlington Public Library's website.
If you have any problems using a library computer, please ask for help at the nearest Information Desk.
Specialized Public Internet Access Machines
One computer with specialized software is available to use at each of Aldershot, Alton, Brant Hills, New Appleby, and Tansley Woods, and three on Central's 2nd (2 PACs) and 3rd (1 PAC) floors. Here's what you'll get:
- Windows 10 operating system
- Microsoft Office 2016
- Full suite of creative and design applications from Adobe Creative Cloud
- “Inkscape” graphics software
- “Sublime” text editor for coding
- Support for 3D CAD design tool, “Tinkercad”
- FamilySearch genealogy database
- Free native windows games like Solitaire, Sudoku, Minesweeper, Mahjong, and Jigsaw
- Upgraded Internet browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox, Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Upgraded apps like VLC Media Player, Google Earth, Adobe Reader etc.
Chromebook & MacBook (In-Library loan only)
A limited number of Chromebooks and MacBooks are available for in-library use by adults, seniors, and teen cardholders, and customers with reciprocal borrowing privileges—but not children's, visitor, or temporary cardholders. Please ask library staff at the checkout desk about the availability of these items. You need a BPL card in good standing to borrow a device.
- The device is checked out to your library card for in-library use only.
- The device must be returned to the check-out desk at least 30 minutes before closing.
- Replacement or damage costs: $400 for a Chromebook and $1,600 for a MacBook.
A Word About Your Privacy
Using your library card number to sign in is for time-keeping purposes only. All users who sign in remain anonymous and any information related to your session is lost when you sign out.