Computers, Equipment & Software

About Our Network

Each department has a wide range of software available for public use. Our computers automatically reboot at the end of each session, wiping out any browsing history, passwords, forms, etc. and anything saved on the computer. We advise you to always save your work to a flash drive. All of our public PCs and laptops have Firefox installed with the HTTPS Everywhere and uBlock Origin plugins for your privacy. Learn more about the steps the library takes to protect user privacy in this FAQ.

Signing in to a Public Desktop Computer

Anyone with a Minuteman Library Card may use our public desktops. Sessions are 30 minutes long, but if there are free computers your time will automatically be extended for another 30 minute session. The clock in the upper right-hand corner of the screen tells you how much time remains in your session. When the clock reaches 5 minutes remaining, one of two things will happen. If there is at least one free machine, then your time will be extended automatically. If someone else has reserved the computer you are using, you will be prompted to save your work because your session will end in 5 minutes.

Minuteman Library Card Holder

Type your Minuteman Library Card number into the login box in the middle of the screen and then select the "Login" button. Please do not include spaces.


Guests may get a 1 day pass for $1 at the Print Payment Station (located next to the printer in the Adult Department). You will be given a receipt with your guest barcode on it. Then on one of our desktops, please type the string of characters that is printed out on your receipt and select the "Guest Login" button. Patrons in the children’s or teen departments should visit the public service desks in each area for their 1 day passes. 

A one day pass is good for full computer access and 2 free B&W prints on any one of our public computers for that day. Money may be added to a one day pass at the same Print Payment Station where the pass was purchased. Please only put on the amount of money that you need, since any money left on the card will be wiped out at the end of the day.


  1. Adult Department
  2. Children's Room
  3. Teen Room
  4. Circulation
  5. Other

Adult Department

  • 25 public desktops running Windows 7 (2 have large screens and large-type keyboards)
  • 3 iMacs running OSX Yosemite for creative work
  • 1 Windows 7 computer connected to a Microfilm reader (see "Other" tab)
  • 1 Windows 7 computer dedicated to local history research
  • 1 Express computer for 15 minute quick Internet surfing
  • 3 catalog computers
  • 2 iPads which are always available for use in the library. They’re loaded with some great apps, as well as books and magazines, and you’ll find them in the Periodicals Room on the 2nd floor.
  • The adult department is home to a touchscreen ScanCenter station equipped with a flatbed scanner as well as a document feeder. The ScanCenter allows books and documents to be scanned to a flash drive, email, Google Drive, smartphone (via QR code), or printer. Documents can be saved as PDF, JPG, or TIFF files. The ScanCenter offers both black and white and color scanning, and features an image editing interface for adjusting scans, and can scan items up to 11 inches by 17 inches.


  1. Adults
  2. Children
  3. Teens
  4. Laptops

Adult Department

  • Adobe Reader
  • Calculator
  • DVD RW Drive
  • Internet Explorer and Firefox
  • JAWS
  • Kurzweil 1000
  • Microsoft Office 2007: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access and InfoPath
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • MS Magnifier
  • Paint
  • Primo PDF
  • Quicktime, VLC Media Player and Windows Media Player
  • Type To Learn
  • Winway Resume Deluxe
  • Zoomtext

Widescreen Monitors

Includes all of the software loaded on the adult computers


  • Adobe Air
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (complete): Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere and so much more
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Reader
  • Audacity
  • Burn
  • Firefox
  • GarageBand
  • IMovie
  • IStudio
  • Java
  • Microsoft Office
  • Quicktime (built in)
  • Safari
  • Scribus
  • VLC