Using Library Computers

The system will allow you to enter your library card number at the computer you want to use. The system will allow you to log on ONLY if your library card is valid. To qualify, you must:

  • Be registered in our database.
  • Have a fine balance less than $20.
  • Keep your address and phone number current in our database.

You can check on the status of your card, pay any fines or fees, and update your address at the circulation desk.

Follow the on-screen prompts to print, then go to the pickup station to pay for and retrieve your printouts. Black-and-white prints cost 15¢ per page/side. Color prints cost 25¢ per page/side. For your convenience there are pickup stations in both Information Services and the Lobby. Click here for detailed printing instructions.

Computers are available in both departments. Use is limited to ONE person per computer; however, responsible adults working together or with a child may share a computer. Due to safety concerns, only children under age 15 may register for a youth computer.

Guest Passes

Guest passes will be issued to guests (defined as persons living outside of Lake County Illinois who do not have an Illinois Public Library Card). Guest passes are good for 1 day. Guest passes will only be issued to children under age 18 if they have a responsible adult present.

To Use a Computer

  • Go to an Available computer.
  • Enter your library card number or guest pass number.
  • Left-click the arrow or press the ‘Enter’ key on the keyboard.
  • Read the Internet Access policy. If you do not accept the Internet Access policy, you will not be logged.
  • Double click on the icon for the program that you want to use.
  • When you are finished, double-click the ‘End Session’ icon. (The computer will restart.)
  • Ending your session ensures privacy. If not ended properly, others may be able to view and use your information.
  • If you need to leave your computer, we recommend that you lock it.

Check Out a Laptop

Laptop users must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid library card registered in our database. By checking out a laptop, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • You are responsible for the equipment. If it is lost, stolen or damaged, you must pay to replace it.
  • You must keep the laptop with you at all times.  If you need to use the restroom or go outside, bring it to the Circulation desk.
  • Only you may use the laptop. You may not lend it to anyone. You may not check it out for anyone else to use.
  • You must return the laptop to the Circulation desk a half-hour before the library closes.
  • You will abide by all of the library’s policies, including the Internet Access and Behavior policies.

If you violate these terms, you will not be allowed to use a library laptop for up to 1 year.

Theft or attempted theft will result in an immediate suspension from the library and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

Note that the library is not responsible for information lost due to
equipment or other malfunctions. The laptop will reset to a preset configuration upon reboot or shut down.  Anything you wish to keep must be saved to a flash drive.


Free Wi-Fi access is available at the library! Use your own computer – no passwords are needed. Your computer must have wireless capability (802.11B or 802.11G Wi-Fi card). Surf the ‘net, e-mail, use the library’s online resources and download eBooks from any spot in the library. Use our remote printing service to print from your laptop.

To access the wireless connection:

  • Click on the wireless network icon in the system tray on the task bar at the bottom of the desktop.
  • Select zbpl_hotspot.
  • By using the library’s wi-fi, you agree to abide by all library policies, including the Internet Access Policy and the Behavior Policy.