Computers in the Library

Full Service Computers | Available Software | ADA Computers | Early Literacy Computers | Children's Computers | Catalog Computers

Full Service Computers for adults, teens, and children are available at every Santa Clara County Library! Discover more about library computers and the software programs installed on them, special computer stations for visually- and hearing-impaired and for early learning, and catalog computers.

For information about printing and copying services, please see the Printing & Copying page.

Full Service Computers

Log In and Computer Use:

Reserve a computer on a first-come, first-served basis for up to three hours per day! Enter your library card number and PIN to sign in to a computer.

  • If all computers are in use, you may get in the queue at the waitlist computer.
  • After the first hour, you may need to sign up to the waitlist if computers are busy.
    • Woodland Branch Library: After 30 minutes, you may need to sign up to the waitlist if computers are busy.
    • Campbell Express Library has a different computer use duration from the other libraries.  Reserve a computer on a first-come, first-served basis for up to one hour per day.

Remember to save your files to a USB or email them to yourself. Files are deleted when your session ends.

Computer Filters:

Library computers are equipped with an optional commercially-produced filter, which blocks sites that might be considered objectionable. After logging on, computer users have the option to turn on the filtering software.

Laptop Lending:

In addition to the desktop computers described above, learn about laptops that the library lends for use within some libraries.


Available Software

Library computers include Google Chrome, and MS Edge browsers, a Calculator, and a Snipping Tool, as well as many software programs from Microsoft Office, and beyond. Find tools for document publishing and other office work, graphic design, photo and video editing, computer coding and more.

Graphics & Media:

  • Camtasia
  • CyberLink Media Suite
  • MS Visual Studio and Blend for Visual Studio
  • Windows Media Player

Business & Office:

  • Microsoft Office programs, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, and more!
  • Ultimate Phonics
  • WinWay Resumé Deluxe

Visit the Available Software page to learn more about the programs installed on library computers.


ADA Computers

ADA Computers are full service computers with large-type keyboards and screens for the visually- and hearing-impaired.

ADA computers provide access to ZoomText, which offers screen magnification and screen reading. To enable the screen reading function, please have your headphones connected before you open ZoomText.

See ZoomText User Guides, opens a new window and ZoomText Keyboard Guides, opens a new window for software instructions.


AWE Early Literacy Computers

AWE stations are available for kids ages 2–10.

AWE stations offer 50 educational software programs in the areas of music, science, math, history, geography, phonics and problem-solving.

Both Gilroy Library and Morgan Hill Library also offer the literacy station’s bilingual edition, with programs available in English and Spanish.

Learn more about the AWE Early Literacy Stations and the programs they offer.


Children's Computers

Children's computers are for children ages 14 and under. All computers in the children's area have the same hardware and software as adult computers.

A child using an adult's card will not be able to sign in on the children's computers. All ages are welcome to sign up for a free library card for full access.

Filters for Children's Computers:

All computers in the children's area have filtering software enabled, which blocks sites that might be considered objectionable.

Visit Safe, opens a new window for tips and information on online safety and civility.


Catalog eResources Computers

Catalog computers, located throughout the library, provide access to:

  • The Library Catalog
  • Your Account
    • Log in to place holds and see your current checked out items.
    • Remember to log out when finished.

Not Available: Internet and software applications.


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