Computers and Internet

Computers

All MPL branches have computer workstations that provide access to the Internet, MPL’s online resources and popular software.

Computers can be reserved for two 60 minute sessions per day.  These sessions can be extended provided that the computer is not booked by another customer. 

Temporary guest passes are available upon request for visitors without a library card.

Users of MPL’s computer stations must agree to MPL’s Internet Use Policy, opens a new window before connecting to the Internet.

Free WI-FI is also available at all branches

All computers have the ability to save work to USB keys.

Reserving a Computer

With your library card, computer workstations can be reserved from home, or within your local branch. To reserve a computer from home:

Access MPL’s online services by clicking here:  https://mplonlineservices.markham.ca/PCResWeb/pcres/reserve.pl, opens a new window

Then follow these simple instructions for Reserving A Computer Online [PDF]. 

Photocopying & Printing

Printing is available at all branches:

Black & White - $0.15 (letter/legal)

Black & White double-sided - $0.25 (letter/legal)

Colour - $0.50 (letter/legal)

Colour double-sided - $0.90 (letter/legal)

 

Scanning

All of MPL’s branches (with the exception of Thornhill Village) offer scanning services at no charge.  A USB is required to use our scanner. Scanning is fast, easy, and secure.  USBs can be purchased in the branch if needed.

Software

Computers are equipped with the following:

Web browsers: Internet Explorer and Google Chrome

Open Office software: OpenOffice Writer, OpenOffice Base, OpenOffice Calc, OpenOffice Draw, and OpenOffice Impress

Media software and plugins: Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Shockwave Player, Real Player, Quicktime Player

Microsoft applications: NotePad, WordPad, Calculator, Onscreen Keyboard, Magnifier and Paint

Computer Labs

Computer Labs are equipped with Microsoft Office 2007 Professional including Word, Access, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and InfoPath.  These labs are located at: 

Angus Glen,

Cornell,

Markham Village and

Thornhill Community Centre Branches

Children and the Internet

We aim for children to have a safe online experience and prevent their exposure to inappropriate material. Therefore, computers in children’s areas have filtered Internet access. As with other Library services, children's access to and use of the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

MPL also provides a dedicated Kids eReading Room, opens a new window  with access to our children’s collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Children are encouraged to do their research through our child-friendly online databases, opens a new window

Privacy

MPL computer sessions are private using a MPL card or a guest log-in.  All information related to your session is deleted when the session ends.

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