Public Computers & Software

Community Computing Centre

The Community Computing Centre on the Library's Lower Level is our technology hub!

With your Library card, you can use computers with Internet access, productivity software, scanning, collaborative computing and multimedia functionality. The public computers may be used for a total 3 hours per day. Individual sessions are limited to one hour when others are waiting.

Ask at the Centre's Information Desk if you'd like us to show you how to long in with your Library Card. If you are a visitor for the day, we are happy to give you a guest pass.

Equipment & Software

The 23 PC workstations in the Community Computing Centre come fully equipped with productivity tools. You can:

  • Search the Internet using Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome
  • Access our entire range of online resources
  • Work on a document, spreadsheet or presentation in MS Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Access your email
  • Upload and scan to a portable storage device
  • Print in black and white or colour
  • Participate in the Library's online community to create and share lists, reviews and ratings
  • Download audiobooks, ebooks, and music

Collaborative computingThe two large monitors in the Group Study Booths have collaborative computing functionality. Each booth accommodates a group of up to 6 people. Plug your laptops or tablets into the monitors to:

  • Share multiple screens of information from different sources, such as web pages, documents, sound and video clips
  • Work collaboratively on a shared document
  • Play computer games

Adaptors to connect devices to the monitors can be borrowed at the Community Computing Centre Desk.

The two workstations in the Multimedia Lab have special software and accessories. They are equipped with large screen monitors, webcams, hiqh quality scanners for digitization. The Lab also has audio recording equipment including 2 mics and a mixer. 

  • Talk with friends, family and colleagues on Skype
  • Study English or learn another language using Mango Languages
  • Edit photos and manipulate images with Photoshop Extended
  • Create a publication in Microsoft Publisher
  • Make a screencast using Camtasia
  • Draw freehand with a Wacom 'Bamboo' drawing tablet

Take advantage of our Lynda.com online video tutorials to gain the skills you need.

Adaptive Technology

We can adapt our computers to better suit your physical needs by offering you a variety of special features. Our staff at Information Desk can provide you with a high contrast keyboard, screen magnifier, ergonomic mouse, touchpad or trackball mouse.

We are here to guide you!

Whether you are coming in to email, need help with a document, would like to use our Multimedia Lab, or would like to know more about our collaborative computing equipment, our technology experts are available to help you get started and answer your questions! Ask at the desk in the Community Computing Centre or call us at 604.925.7405.

Public Computers on the Main Floor

Two public computers adjacent to our Main Floor Information Desk are available to those using our online resources and catalogue. This is the perfect place to search for records in Ancestry Library Edition, find trusted information on a health related topic, research a product in Consumer Reports Online or locate an article from a newspaper or magazine.

Our Librarians are expert searchers, and are ready to help by providing assistance and instruction in using all of the resources on our website.  Ask them to show you the best resources to meet your research needs!

Learn new skills

On your own

Try out the latest portable devices including tablets and e-readers with our Technology Petting Zoo.  Teach yourself using our easy to follow handouts.

Technology Classes, Clinics and Talks

Sign up for a hands-on computer class, get assistance with your mobile device at a tablet clinic. learn to use Skype or social media, or take home an iPad following our Learn and Loan class. We offer programs from the basics to the latest technologies! 

Upcoming

iPad Learn and Loan

Thursday, June 22, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Computer Basics

Thursday, June 29, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Computer Training Room

Tech Talk — Protecting your Online Privacy

Wednesday, July 5, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West