1. How do I use a computer for Internet and word processing?
  2. Do you have WIFI or wireless Internet?
  3. Can I send/receive a FAX at the library?
  4. Is there a typewriter available?
  5. Are there copy and scanning machines available?
  6. Does the library have tax forms available?
  7. Does the library have Museum Adventure Passes?
  8. Does the library proctor or host GED exam sessions?
  9. How can a deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled person receive reference service from the library?

How do I use a computer for internet and word processing

We have 15 public computers in the Adult Services area which provide full access to the Internet as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Access to these computers is free if you have a library card, simply use your library card barcode number to login. You can use the computers for up to two 60 minute sessions per day. If you don’t have a library card, you can buy a Guest Pass for 50 cents for 1 hour sessions per day at the Adult Services Reference Desk. Printing is available from all computers for a fee of 10 cents per page (or 50 cents per page for color). The computers can read USB drives, and can read using external CD drives. Headphones are provided with each computer for your use.

There are 8 additional computers in the Youth Services area which are available for use by children ages 13 and younger. These computers provide filtered access to the internet as well as Microsoft software. There are 2 computers available for use by adults with children.

If all computers are in use, you may reserve a computer at the Reservation Station. You may not reserve a computer over the phone.

Do you have WIFI or wireless internet?

Free wireless Internet is available throughout the building.  There is no password required for access.  You may now also print from your laptop using the Remote Printing feature on our library homepage.

Can I send/receive a FAX at the library?

You can send a FAX at the library. Patrons cannot receive FAXes. The charge is $1 per page for sending, up to $5. Resumes (limit 2 per day) and cover sheets are free. You may FAX a maximum of 10 pages. Please see the Adult Reference Desk staff for assistance with FAXing. FAXing services ends 1 hour before closing.

Is there a typewriter available?

There is one electric typewriter available for you to use.  You may sign up for it at the Circulation Desk.

Are there copy and scanning machines available?

There are 2 copy machines available for you to use. Black and white copies are 10 cents per page. Color copies are 50 cents per page.

The copy machines also scan. You must bring a Flash/Thumb drive in order to scan your document. If you do not own a Flash/Thumb drive, you can purchase one from the circulation desk for $5.00.

Does the library have tax forms available?

The library no longer provides tax forms. Visit www.irs.gov for Federal forms and for State forms visit: www.revenue.state.il.us.

Does the library have Museum Adventure Passes?

You may check out Museum Adventure Passes with your GPPL library card. Passes are available at the Circulation Desk and may be checked out for 7 days with no renewals. Admission offers vary depending on the Museum. Participating institutions include: Air Classics Inc. Museum of Aviation, Bronzeville Children’s Museum, Brookfield Zoo, Cantigny Park, Chicago Botanic Garden, Children’s Museum, Elgin History Museum, Elgin Public Museum, Illinois Railway Museum, Lake County Discovery Museum, Legoland Discovery Center, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Naper Settlement, Oriental Institute Museum, Pleasant Home Foundation, St. Charles Heritage Museum.

Does the library host GED exam sessions?

We have a selection of materials patrons can use to prepare for the GED.  We do not host GED exam sessions, but for information regarding an exam proctor, please see Exam Proctoring.  For more information, contact the Illinois Adult Learning Hotline or call 1-800-321-9511.

How can a deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled person receive reference service from the library?

If you are a TTY user, you may communicate with the library through Illinois Relay by dialing 711.

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