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Computers, Wifi & Printing

We can help keep you connected.

Computer Use During COVID-19

As part of our reopening plan, starting August 17, you can reserve a computer or a wifi spot in the library.

How to make a Computer or Wifi Reservation

Book a timeLibrary members can book computer sessions for up 1 hour 45 minutes each day. Three computers with internet access and Microsoft Office software are available for 1 hour 45 minutes and one station is available for a 15 minute express booking.

For those with their own tablet or laptop, one of eight wifi spot may be reserved for 1 hour 45 minutes. Chromebooks are also available to be borrowed.

You may print, photocopy or use a scanner if available during your session.

To reserve your spot, make your booking online, call 519-271-0220 x102 during open hours or email askspl@pcin.on.ca (appointments are not guaranteed until the confirmation is received).  

You must have a library card from a PCIN library to book a computer. No library card? Get one today!  Computer use is limited to those who are 13 years of age or older.

What you need to know before you arrive

We have enhanced health and safety measures in place. Things to know:

  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment test. If you have symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay at home and do not visit the library. 
  • Keep a distance of 6 feet (2 metres) from others whenever possible.
  • We will have hand santiizer available for you to use.
  • Bring your own headphones. We will sanitize workstations between bookings.
  • All customers and visitors entering the library are requested to wear a mask or face covering. 
  • Staff are available to assist although it will be limited until the library is fully open.
  • Computer workstations have dividers and are separated as much as possible. Only one person is allowed at each computer. A child may be accompanied by a caregiver from the same household while they use the workstation.  There are no computers available for those under the age of 13 at this time. 
  • You will have a maximum of 1 hour 45 minutes to use the computer. Wifi bookings have 1 hour 45 minutes.  This is to ensure more people can access this service and allow time for staff to sanitize workstations between bookings.  
  • While you’re in the library, your use of library space will be limited to the workstation that you have reserved and the printing, scanning and photocopying area. One public washroom will be available for use. For your safety and the safety of others, other areas of the library will be closed off and only accessible to staff.

Wireless Access

The internet can be accessed through our public computers or via the wireless network for personal devices. To access from your laptop or other mobile devices:

  1. Browse to available wireless networks and select Stratford_Public_Library
  2. Launch your preferred web browser. You will be prompted to agree to our Internet Access & Acceptable Use Agreement
  3. Press Accept and you are ready to start browsing.

Instructions for connecting to our wireless network using a newer generation iPod

Printing, Scanning and Copying

The library provides various print and copy services for public use.  All photocopying and printing must comply with Copyright Law.  Please ask staff for assistance.

Photocopying

Photocopying is available by appointment at this time.  Call / email to reserve a time.
Self-serve black and white and colour photocopying is available on both floors of the library. Copies can be printed single or double-sided on letter, legal, and ledger-sized paper. Double-sided prints are charged per side. Can print copies from original or from a USB stick.

Costs for photocopying:

  • Black-and-white copies are $0.10 cents per page
  • Colour copies are $0.75 per page

Printing

Printing is available from all library computers. Please request the release of your print job and pay for copies at the circulation desk.

Costs for Printing:

  • Black-and-white copies are $0.10 cents per page
  • Colour copies are $0.75 per page

Mobile Printing 

Mobile Printing is currently available. Send in your print job and we will contact you when your print job is available to be picked up. 
This mobile print service provides the ability to print documents to Stratford Public Library directly from your iOS or Android smartphone/tablet or personal laptop (PC or Mac). What's more, you don't even have to be at the library to use this feature! Send your print jobs from home, school, your office... anywhere you have access to the Internet. 

There are three ways to do mobile printing:

Please Note: For your protection, all print jobs are wiped after 24 hours.  If you are unable to retrieve your print jobs within 24 hours, you will need to resubmit them. 

Complete printable instructions available here
Compatible File Types

Scanning

Scanning is available by appointment at this time.  Call / email to reserve a time. 
Scanning is quick and easy - bring your own USB or purchase one at the circulation desk for $8.00. Even easier - send your scans directly to your email address or to the person requesting the document. Scanned documents can be converted to popular document file types.  This service is free of charge.