6. Computer Use

    • Computers are available on the first and second floors and can be accessed with your own library card number. Guests without a library card can show photo ID to obtain a guest pass from staff.


    • Everyone can use the computers up to 3 hours each day in however many sessions you choose. Our PC Reservation system keeps track of time used. When you logon, you are guaranteed a full hour on the computers, unless you log off earlier. If use is high and waiting patrons have made reservations, you will not be offered to extend your time further; however, you still have 2 hours left to use that day. Individuals taking tests should speak to staff at the beginning of their session if they feel they will need special accommodation to finish without interruption.


    • Our internet speed for WiFi and the internet computers is 100MB up and down.


    • The Children's section has 8 computers for children and for adults who are attending to their children in that area.


    • The first floor has 3 computers east of the Information Desk. You may use your cell phone at these computers.


    • The second floor has 23 computers, one at a stand-up station with a feeder scanner. Cell phones must be set to silent or vibrate on the second floor, and cell phone conversations are prohibited. If you need to use your cell phone while on the computer, please go to one of the three first floor computers.


PRINTING is $0.15 per toner application for black and white (two-sided = $0.30/page), and $0.35 for color (two-sided = $0.70/page). Wireless printing is also available.

Rules for using the Library's computers

  • Everyone has 3 hours per day to use the internet computers. You can log on as many times as you'd like; as soon as you reach 3 hours, however, you will no longer have access.
  • Printing is $0.15 per black & white page (8.5"x11") and $0.35 for each color copy (8.5"x11"). The same is true for photocopies.
  • Staff will attempt to assist with software or hardware problems but are not experts on all types of software or hardware. Patrons are ultimately responsible for their own use of the computers and can use print and online tutorials, plus books from the collection, to learn how to use the computers.
  • Patrons access the computers using their own Appleton or OWLSnet Library cards or an Appleton non-borrowers ("internet only") Library card. Patrons may not use cards belonging to others.
  • Fines on your library account do not affect your ability to use the computers.
  • Area residents without Library cards will need to apply for a card.
  • Short-term visitors from outside the area may be given a guest card, good for one day use. Guest cards are issued at the Reference Desk and require presentation of a valid ID.
  • Patrons who have cards but did not bring them may show photo ID to staff to obtain their card number.
  • Staff will monitor use of the computers to see that patrons are following the Library's Internet Policy and Rules of Conduct posted in the area.

View information and rules for the iMac digital creation lab and for equipment that can be checked out or used at the Library.

WiFi at Appleton Public Library

By using WiFi at the library you agree that you are subject to our Internet Policy.

How to Connect:
Any device with WiFi capability should automatically detect the aplpublic signal. No password is required. Wireless access points are located throughout the building, although signal strength may vary.

Our internet speed for WiFi and the internet computers is 100MB up and down.

Where is the scanner computer?

A computer with a feeder scanner is located in front and slightly to the east of the Reference Desk on the second floor. This is a 30 minute stand-up station. Login with your own library card number. ID cards, etc., can be fed through the feeder scanner with a carrier sheet that is available at the Reference Desk. The scanner computer also has Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard edition.

Printing is 15¢/page (for black & white; 35¢/page for color).

A flatbed scanner is available on the upper level of the library, attached to a computer with no internet access. You will need to bring a USB drive or other physical storage device to save your scans. You may also check out a flash drive at the Reference Desk. 

All computers require your library card number to login or a photo ID for staff to issue you a guest pass.