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Computer Access & Printing

Connect to the free wifi at the library!

Wireless Name:

CRPL-Public

Password:

MyLibrary

You must agree to the terms and conditions in order to access the wifi.

Computer Classes

A variety of computer classes are held throughout the year at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. These classes include information on basic computer skills, job searching, and even specialty programs such as Pinterest.

Visit our Event Calendar to view upcoming classes.

Connect to the free wifi at the library!

Wireless Name:

CRPL-Public

Password:

MyLibrary

You must agree to the terms and conditions in order to access the wifi.

Computer Classes

A variety of computer classes are held throughout the year at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. These classes include information on basic computer skills, job searching, and even specialty programs such as Pinterest.

Visit our Event Calendar to view upcoming classes.

Computer Access

The Library provides access for:

Catalog Access

All of the Library’s computers have access to the catalog. There are computers throughout the Library for catalog use only. There is no time limit on the ‘catalog only’ computers. Catalog access is available at the Library as well as from your home or office.

Internet Access

The Library provides free access to the internet on public access computers. The Library limits computer usage to (2) one-hour sessions each day.

To access the computers users must have a valid library card and personal identification number (PIN). If you do not have a PIN, you may go to any service desk to have a PIN added to your account.
You must agree to the Cedar Rapids Public Library Computer Access Policy before you can use the computer.

Office Applications

Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available on all public access computers in the Library.

Laptops Available

A limited number of laptops are available for checkout within the Library. You must be 18 years old, have a valid library card, less than $20 in fines, and a valid photo ID to check out a laptop. Laptops are available for checkout for an hour at a time, up to two hours a day.

Printing

You can print from any of the public computers. The Library charges $0.15 for black-and-white pages and $0.75 for color pages.

Mobile Printing

Using the Library’s MobilePrint Service, you can print remotely or within the library from smartphones, tablets, and computers and pick up your printouts at the library. To print, simply select one of the following options:

Upload documents to the web printing portal:
Email documents to the unique email address of the designated branch
MobilePrinting only works during regular library hours.

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless internet access is available at the Library for patrons with a laptop or mobile device and wireless card. The Library does not provide technical support for the configuration of a patron’s laptop or mobile device.

CRPL-teen-girl-on-computer-researchingThe library’s wireless connection will support any 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n wireless card. You will need to configure your wireless card to obtain an IP address via DHCP.

Use the software that came with your card to configure your wireless card. Windows XP and Windows 7 have built-in wireless capability; no extra software is needed other than the wireless card drivers. Your wireless card should find the wireless access point automatically during a search. The name of the wireless network (SSID) is ‘CRPL-Public’.  When prompted while connecting to the wireless network the passphrase (WPA) is ‘MyLibrary’.

After connecting to the WiFi, one will need to open a web browser and initiate an http request. Usually this is easiest achieved by navigating your browser to google.com or your favorite search engine. When the http request is initiated your web browser should redirect you to our terms of service page. Once you have read and agreed to the terms of use displayed on that page you can scroll to the bottom and click the accept button. You are now successfully connected.

WiFi Hotspot Lending

WiFi Hotspots

The Metro Library Network, a collaboration between the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public libraries, lends wifi hotspots to library card holders.

Library card holders can check the hotspots out for 10 days.  Each library will have a select number of devices.

WiFi Hotspot FAQs

  • How long can I keep the hotspot?
    You may borrow it for 10 days. Overdue hotspots will have internet access deactivated within 24 hours beyond their due date.
  • Can I block others from connecting to the hotspot I have loaned?
    Yes. To help keep data usage low, you are able to block other devices that have connected to your hotspot by going to the menu screen, scrolling over to connected devices, selecting connected devices and then blocking unwanted users.
  • How do I find the hotspot device on my computer (tablet or phone)?
    Once powered on, the hotspot will show up on your device as: MLNHotSpot01, MLNHotSpot02, etc. You can find the name and password on the back of the hotspot and on the display under “Wi-Fi Name/Password.”
  • Can I use the hotspot outside of the U.S.?
    No, the hotspots only work in the U.S.
  • Can I use the hotspot to send/receive text messages? 
    Texting/SMS messaging is not available.
  • How do I return it?
    The hotspot device, case and charger should be all returned together to any of the Metro Library Network (MLN) locations (Cedar Rapids, Marion or Hiawatha)
  • How much does it cost? 
    Borrowing and using the device is free! If the device is lost or damaged beyond repair you may be charged for the replacement cost of the hotspot, case and charger.
  • What information about my internet usage, if any, is tracked by the Library or the service provider?
    Your internet usage is not tracked by the Library or the service provider. The Library does not have access to or collect specific usage data. The Library does not provide patron information to the service provider. The only data about the hotspot that may be collected is (a) the total amount of data transmitted and received by each device during a billing cycle, (b) anonymous circulation data related to checkouts of the hotspot devices and (c) data that patrons choose to submit to us anonymously.The Internet service provider for the hotspot (Verizon) does not monitor or track the websites that user’s visit or the information that users submit (user names, passwords, credit card information, etc.).

Please remember that the MLN is not responsible for the internet usage on the hotspot devices. Also please be aware there is no internet filtering or site blocking on these devices and this should be kept in mind when allowing children or minors to access the internet through the device.