Does the Library have computers for public use? Open or Close
Yes, the Library has computers for the public to use in the following locations:
Patrons have access to 16 computers in the Reference Department that are hooked up to printers. Users sign up for one hour sessions, which may be extended if no one else is waiting. Guest passes are issued for people who do not have library cards.
There are 5 computers in the Family Center for children (up to 12th grade) 3 upstairs and 2 downstairs. The Crayon Kiosk also has 4 iPads for children to use, which have fun and educational games on them. There are also 2 iPads available for use in the library. Signed parental permission forms are required for iPad use.
Does the Library offer WiFi? Open or Close
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library is pleased to offer wireless Internet access to our patrons. Simply bring your wireless-enabled laptop or other device to the Library, turn it on and go. There is no charge to use the service and the best part is there is no waiting for an available PC! Wireless users agree to abide by the Public Access Internet / World Wide Web Policy. Happy Surfing!
Do I have to be a resident of Plainview-Old Bethpage to use the computers? Open or Close
No. With our SAM print-time management system all you need is a card from any library in Nassau County. If you do not have a library card, you may request a guest pass.
What computer programs do you have for public use? Open or Close
Microsoft Office 2007 (which includes Microsoft Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher), and LibreOffice.
What is an "online catalog"? Open or Close
It is a computerized card catalog for all materials in most Nassau County libraries. You can search by typing in the title, author, keyword or subject of the material you are trying to locate.
What is an "online database"? Open or Close
A database is an electronic filing system, a collection of information organized for easy access through a computer. Electronic databases can help find magazine, journal and newspaper articles, as well as information published in other sources. The Library's large offering of databases is available in the Library or at home. Click here to see our list of databases.
I know nothing about computers, how will I be able to use them? Open or Close
While we do not give individualized instruction, we will be happy to help you with your search.