The North Providence Library offers computers for public use with free Internet access and Microsoft Office software which includes Word and Excel.
- You can log into these computers using your library card barcode number and you are given up to 3 hours of use per day. If no computers are available, reservations can be made at the Envisionware consoles or at the Reference, Circulation or Children’s Departments. Computer reservations cannot be made by phone.
- There are 2 print stations available. First floor for all b&w printing done on first floor computers and second floor for all second floor b&w printing and also for all color printing for both floors.
- Printing costs are 15 cents for b&w and 50 cents for color.
There are also 5 AWE computers located in the Children’s Department. These Early Literacy Stations are a dynamic all-in-one digital learning solution for children ages 2–10. They feature more than 50 educational software programs spanning seven curricular areas. The educational titles are pre-loaded on the computer and displayed using engaging graphics. Of the 5 stations, one is Spanish/English bilingual.
We also have available in the Children’s Department ELS Passports from AWE which are a new digital learning tool that children will be able to use at home. The ELS Passport is a portable version of the Early Literacy Station™ workstation that can be checked out just like a book or DVD. It is designed for children 2-10 years old. The ELS Passport is pre-loaded with educational software that covers seven curricular areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts & music, and reference.
Wireless Internet Access
Wireless internet access is available at the library. A library card is not required to access the wireless network. The wireless network is not secure and use is at the individual’s own risk. In many cases, your laptop or notebook computer will automatically detect and connect to either of the library’s wireless networks – NorthProvLib, NProv_Ref. Library staff is not available to work on your laptop to assist you in making a wireless connection. However, please check with us to make sure that our wireless router is functioning properly. Currently, printing is not available on our wireless network. You must use a library computer to print.
One-on-One Computer Training
The North Providence Library now offers One-on-One computer training/help sessions. Adults, 18 years and older, can stop by the Reference Desk or call 353-5600 ext. 109 to schedule a one hour appointment with a staff member for computer help of your choice, for example, learning how to set up an e-mail account. Training sessions are one hour long. Only the procedure for ordering items such as plane tickets or merchandise will be shown. We will not do actual transactions involving credit cards, personal financial information, or banking instruction. The library cannot offer technical support or assist with any problem patrons may be having with their own personal computers/laptops.