Computers & Internet Access

Using Computers at the Library

Each library has computers available on a first-come, first-served basis for word processing, checking your e-mail, using the Internet, etc. The computers are equipped with popular web browsers, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint and quick links to the library catalog and reference databases. Read about computer guidelines below.

Children's computers

Children's Computers

Each library also has one or more computers just for children loaded with educational games. These computers do not have Internet access. For those under 18, a parents or guardian is responsible for the child's access to and use of library computers and the Internet.

Wi-FiWireless Internet (Wi-Fi)

All three libraries have building-wide wireless Internet access. You can bring your laptop, tablet or other device to the library and use the Internet for free. Wireless printing is available following the instructions at It is the sole responsibility of all wireless device users to provide updated antivirus and anti-malware software on any device while using the library's network.

Computer & Internet Classes

The Columbia, Callaway County and SoBoCo libraries offer free computer classes on a variety of topics, including Facebook Fundamentals, Working with Digital Photos, Checking Out Library eBooks and many others.

All three libraries offer sessions of Self-Guided Computer Tutorials that allow you time to learn computer and software skills at your own pace. At the Columbia library, there are also informal drop-in sessions, during which patrons can get help with writing a resume, applying for a job, or using the tutorials.

View upcoming technology classes, dates and locations.

Library Computer Guidelines

Read the complete computer use guidelines.

Wi-Fi use at the Southern Boone County Public Library

Time Limits
To use these computers, you must log on with your library card number and birth date. You may use the Internet computers for one hour per person per day. Depending on computer availability, your time may be extended for an additional hour or more. At the Columbia library there are some computers designated just for word processing with two-hour limits during the week.

Basic black printing costs 5¢ per page.
Color printing costs 50¢ per page.
Pick up your printing at the nearest desk and get a receipt for the amount you owe at check-out.

Cell Phones
While you use a library computer you're likely to be sitting very close to others and, therefore, as a courtesy, we ask that you not talk on your phone while you're at the computers. Read the complete rules for behavior.

Disks and Drives
You must save any work you want to take with you to your own USB flash drive before your time is up. You can purchase a flash drive at the check-out desk for $5. You may use files or music on a CD you bring with you, but you cannot burn (save) information to CDs or DVDs. You cannot put your own software onto library computers.

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