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. Initial sessions are 30 minutes long, but if there are free computers you will be given the option to extend your session.  A tab will drop down from the top of the screen asking first if you’d like to extend.  If you say no, you will be logged off.   If you answer yes, you will be prompted to choose to extend your session by 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 minutes.   You must answer both of these prompts for your session to continue.   You will be prompted to extend when you have 10 minutes left, and, if you don’t respond, you will be prompted again at the 5- and 2-minute marks.

Minuteman Library Card Holder

Type your Minuteman Library Card number into the login box in the middle of the screen, and then select the arrow button to the right of the box to log in. Please do not include spaces.

Guests

Guests may get a 1 day pass at any of the service desks.  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.  You may pay for additional prints at the Print Release Station adjacent to the printer.

Please note that if you have a library card but request a guest pass, you will not have access to any print funds you have on deposit.

Equipment

  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 (no printing)
  • 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 scan station equipped with a flatbed scanner as well as a document feeder. The scan station allows books and documents to be scanned to a USB drive, email, Google Drive, smartphone (via QR code), or printer. Documents can be saved as PDF, JPG, or TIFF files. The scan station offers both black and white and color scanning, features an image editing interface for adjusting scans, and can scan items up to 11 inches by 17 inches.
  • Fax service is available via the touchscreen scan station.  Faxing is available to the US and Canada, costs 50 cents per page, and must be paid in cash at the payment tower next to the scan station.

Software 

  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 2013: 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

iMacs

  • 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