Technology at the Library

 

Technology TrainingComputers and Printing

The Library has Windows 10 computers available for kids, teens and adults with your library card.  Sessions default to one hour with the option to extend an hour at a time.  If you do not have a Plainfield Library card, stop by the Reference or Youth Services desk for a guest pass or use the 15-minute Express Station.

Children under age 11 must be under the supervision of an adult while accessing the internet.

Printing costs 10 cents a side in black & white and 50 cents a side in color.  Printers accept change, cash and credit cards (Visa or Mastercard).  

WiFi and Wireless Printing

Free WiFi is available inside the Library.  Simply log on and select “Plainfield Library Guest” as your wireless connection; no password required.

Wireless printing is also available. Go to https://www.printeron.net/plainfieldpl/webprint to learn how to print at the Library from your laptop or home computer.

You can also use the PrinterOn app to print wirelessly from your smartphone (iOS / Android).

Self-Serve Scanner and Fax

The scan station is located adjacent to the Reference Desk on the upper level.  It offers several scanning options, including scan to fax, email, USB, smartphone/tablet, and Google Drive.  Documents can be scanned and saved as PDF, DOC, TIFF, and JPG.

GoGo Gadgets

Read an eBook, check for heat loss in your home, learn to play the ukulele, convert old home movies, stream Disney+ and more!  This growing collection of equipment and technology can be accessed here.  Items check out for 7 days* ($1 per day fine for each day late) and can be renewed once, if no holds.

*Exception: Hotspots, Kindles and Rokus check out for 21 days.

Tech Classes

Technology Training

The Library offers a quarterly rotation of core technology classes.  These are one-hour classes include:

  • Computer Basics
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Excel Basics and Formatting
  • Excel Formulas and Functions
  • Excel Charts and Graphs
  • Excel Pivot Tables and VLOOKUP

In addition to core technology classes, the library offers a variety of classes on other tech-related topics like Google Suite, Prezi, Evite, Google Maps, Facebook and more.

Visit the Events Calendar to discover and register for our Tech Classes.

Tech Help/Book a Librarian

Tech Help appointments are one-hour sessions for those requiring one-on-one instructional or research assistance on using library and technology resources.  Due to COVID restrictions, all Tech Help sessions are held via Zoom.  Appointment times are dependent on staff and student availability and are scheduled by the librarian providing the appointment.

To schedule a Virtual Tech Help appointment, please contact the Reference Desk at 815-327-2515 or email info@plainfieldpubliclibrary.org. Reservations are dependent upon staff availability; please allow 48 hours advance notice.

Additional Training Options
  • LinkedIn Learning (access with a Plainfield Public Library card): Create a free account with your library card to access a large library of video training tutorials for technology skills, computer applications and software.
  • GCFlearnfree.org: This website has free lessons for a variety of computer topics, including computer basics, Apple software and different versions of Microsoft Office. No additional software is required.
  • Microsoft Office: This website has free training for Microsoft Office versions 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 as well as Office for Mac 2011. Lessons are self-paced with quizzes, and you must have the software installed on your computer.
  • New York Public Library: Tech Connect Handouts: Free class materials on over 80 topics available in five different languages.
  • TechBoomers: Free educational website that teaches older adults and other inexperienced Internet users with basic computer skills about websites that can help improve their quality of life.
  • Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet: Basic and advance classes available. Phone (815) 729-9020.