Computer Use Procedures

Residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township whose library cards are in good standing will have priority access to our public computers. In order to ensure fair and equal access for all residents, we do require that you login with a library card number and PIN/password to use the computer. Most of the computers are available for a one-hour session. If there is no one else waiting for a computer, you can extend your session time as available. We also have 15-minute Express computers on the 2nd floor. Large flatbed printers and scanners are available to all patrons.

Non-residents (those who live outside of Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township) will be restricted to using one of three computers on the 2nd floor outside the Quiet Computer Room. If you are not eligible for a library card from RHPL, you can ask at the Adult Reference Desk on the 2nd floor for a guest pass. Non-residents and guest users are eligible for a 30-minute session on the three computers on the 2nd floor outside the Quiet Computer Room.

If you have trouble logging in to a public computer, there are many possible reasons. Restrictions are enforced for customers with an expired library card or those who owe more than $5 in fines on their library account. Computers located in the Teen area are restricted to patrons from ages 13 to 18. In addition, there are computers in the Quiet Computer Room that are for ages 18 and older. If you have registered for a library card online but have not yet shown ID to receive your physical library card, your temporary library card number will not work on the computers. Please visit the Information Desk on the 1st floor for assistance.

All computers users must agree to our Internet Access Policy.

Wireless Printing Instructions

Print from anywhere with your PC or mobile device. You can easily connect to our printing system and use any of the payment options normally available when printing from Library computers. Click this link to be redirected to our mobile printing site: Click here!

List of Available Software

Provided below is a list of software that is available on public computers in the library. Click on any one of them to get more information how to get started.

  • GIMP - Image and photo manipulation software that features layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
  • Microsoft Excel - creates and formats spreadsheets.
  • Microsoft Powerpoint - Creates high-impact, dynamic and professional presentations.
  • Microsoft Publisher - Creates and personalizes a wide range of publications and marketing materials.
  • Microsoft Word - Creates and shares documents with acomprehensive set of writing tools.