Library Update: Find out what services are available during the Provincial Shutdown here.

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Computers, Wifi & Printing

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Computer Use During COVID-19

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 meters) from others whenever possible.
  • We will have hand sanitizer 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. 

Public Computers

The Stratford Public Library is equipped with computers for both adult and youth use.

  • Computer use for adults and teens requires a valid library card and allows access for 2 hours per day. There are 6 two hour stations and 2 quick-use, 15 minute, terminals located on the main floor.  
  • Software provided includes various web browsers, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher), and Adobe Reader.
  • Chromebooks may be borrowed to SPL customers for a 4 hour period.
  • An accessible public computer station with assistive technologies is available on the main floor. The computer station has ZoomText, a computer screen magnifier, and reader, installed to assist when using a web browser or word processing software. There is also a Large Print keyboard and headphones available.  Request use at the information desk.
  • Children 12 and younger have access to 6 iPads full of fun and educational games
  • Visitors to Stratford may use the public computers free of charge. "Out-of-town" ID may be required as proof of out of county residence.
  • All personal information and working documents are cleared after the session ends. Customers are responsible for saving their own materials to a private device, such as a USB memory stick.
  • To use the public computers, you must agree to our Internet Access & Acceptable Use Agreement

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

Charging Stations

  • Located througout the library
  • Various styles of cables: Apple, Micro USB, Mini USB
  • Free and easy to use

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.