Technology


computer lab

The Pasadena Public Library offers computers at all ten locations with access to the Internet and other electronic resources as well as word processing and printing. All ten locations also offer wireless internet access to anyone in the building. The following overview describes the library’s technology resources and how best to use them. The resources are available free of charge except where noted. For additional information call 626-744-4066.

Wireless Printing

It’s easy to print to library public printers from your laptop using our wireless network! Install the printing applet using the directions below.  After sending your print job(s) to a printer, you can retrieve them from any Print Release Station in your specific library. When retrieving print jobs, users have the option to use either cash/coins or library-supplied debit card (available for purchase in the Copy Center) at the Central Library. Branch users must use a library-supplied debit card (available for purchase at the staff desk) with exception of the Hastings library which uses cash/coins only.

System Requirements

  1. Windows-based laptops
    1. Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10
  2. Mac-based laptop (Intel processor only).
    1. OS X version 10.5.1 – 10.12 (Sierra)

Instructions (Windows users)

  1. From the list below, find the appropriate library and click the  icon next to the name listed to begin the installation process. Some computers have extra “security” and may require you to click “Run” a second time to confirm the installation.
  2. Once installed, the “Print Client” will appear at the bottom of your screen in the taskbar. This applet is “memory-resident” and doesn’t install software to your hard drive.
  3. When you’re ready to print, simply use the buttons (or menus commands) you normally would use in order to print. If you are located at the Central library, select either the “BW Printer” (black & white) or the “Color Printer/Copier” from the list. If you are located at a branch library, then select the “Public Printer” from the list.  Black & white printouts are 10 cents each and color printouts are 50 cents each. Upon the first print, you will be required to enter a “user id” (can be a name or library card number) in order to associate your print jobs to a unique identifier which you will use later when retrieving printouts from a Print Release Station.
  4. When you are finished with all of your printing needs, close the printing applet window or shutdown your computer and the applet will be removed from your computer automatically.
  5. NOTE: You will need to re-install the software each time you wish to print while visiting the library.

Instructions (MAC users)

  1. From the list below, find the appropriate library and click the icon next to the name listed to begin the installation process.  When the .zip has been downloaded, double-click the icon to run the installation..
  2. Once installed, the “Print Client” will appear at the bottom of your screen in the task tray. This applet is “memory-resident” and doesn’t install software to your hard drive.
  3. When you’re ready to print, simply use the buttons (or menus commands) you normally would use in order to print. If you are located at the Central library, select either the “BW Printer” (black & white) or the “Color Printer/Copier” from the list. If you are located at a branch library, then select the “Public Printer” from the list.  Black & white printouts are 10 cents each and color printouts are 50 cents each.  Upon the first print, you will be required to enter a “user id” (can be a name or library card number) in order to associate your print jobs to a unique identifier which you will use later when retrieving printouts from a Print Release Station.
  4. When you are finished with all of your printing needs, close the printing applet window or shutdown your computer and the applet will be removed from your computer automatically.
  5. NOTE: You will need to re-install the software each time you wish to print while visiting the library.

Retrieving Printouts at the Library

For step-by-step instructions please see the “Printing” tab on this page.

Print Clients by Location

Library Location Windows Users Mac Users
Central Library    Mac OS Logo
Allendale Branch    Mac OS Logo
Hastings Branch    Mac OS Logo
Hill Avenue Branch    Mac OS Logo
La Pintoresca Branch    Mac OS Logo
Lamanda Park Branch    Mac OS Logo
Linda Vista Branch    Mac OS Logo
San Rafael Branch    Mac OS Logo
Santa Catalina Branch    Mac OS Logo
Villa Parke Branch    Mac OS Logo

Computers

Internet Use Policies The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information available on the Internet and cannot be held responsible for the content, accuracy, or quality of the information retrieved or images viewed. The Library does not limit access to sites on the Internet or censor information that some may find offensive.

Internet Reservations – You must have a valid Pasadena or Glendale Public Library Card to reserve an internet session (find out how to apply for a library card). You may begin your Internet session (up to one hour per user per day) at any available Internet workstation, or reserve a session up to seven days in advance at one of the self-serve PC reservation stations. For same day reservations reserve by telephone call (626) 744-4066, option 2, or call a branch library directly. For specific information about the Internet computers available at each location, visit the location’s branch page or call them directly. Internet stations shut off 15 minutes prior to closing. Please review the Library’s Internet Use Policy before signing up.

Internet Express Stations – Seven 15-minute express terminals offering up to two 15-minute sessions per user per day are available in the Main Hall and the Humanities Wing at the Central Library on a first-come first-served basis with your Pasadena/Glendale card. If you do not have a library card see staff at the Customer Service desk for an Express Internet pass. Branch libraries offer one 30-minute express session per user per day as available.

Technology for Kids – Computers for children are available in the Children’s Room of the Central Library and at the branches. These computers are equipped with educational software, the Kids’ Catalog for searching library materials, and limited Internet access to sites linked from the library’s homepage (also see the Internet Policy for Kids) and shut off five minutes prior to closing. All ten Pasadena libraries have AWE Early Literacy stations with engaging learning activities for children ages 2-8. The Children’s Room of the Central Library also has four iPad stations equipped with educational apps and games.

Word processing – Word processing is available on all Internet computers, the seven Electronic Resource workstations located in the Humanities Wing at Central Library and in the computer labs.

ADA Workstation – Computer workstations with visual enhancement and screen reading software are available in the Humanities Wing of the Central Library. For further information, call (626) 744-4066 and select option 7 for Reference.

Wireless Access – Wireless Internet access is available at all locations and permits customers with properly equipped laptop computers and other portable computing devices to access the web. You do not need a Pasadena/Glendale library card or a password to access the library’s wireless services. To connect, simply select the Pasadena City Public WiFi network from the list of networks available on your device.

Printing

Print fees are 10 cents per page for black and white prints and may be paid for by cash, credit card, or Cash-card at Central Library, and by Cash-card at branch locations. Cash-cards are available in the Copy Center at the Central Library and at the Customer Service desk at all branch libraries. All print requests are held in the printer queue for 24 hours. Print stations are available until 5 to 15 minutes before closing, depending on location. Check with staff for details, or view the step-by-step instructions below for printing at Central Library.

Printing at the Central Library

Use a Cash-card to retrieve prints at any Print Release Station. To use cash to pay for prints use the Print Release Station in the Internet Commons, Copy Center, or Law Room. To use a credit card to pay for prints use the Print Release Station in the Copy Center only. Color prints sent from a workstation need to be picked up from the color copy machine in the Copy Center.

Where Do I Pick Up My Prints?
Self Service Stations where you can release your prints are available at each of the following locations:

  • Internet Commons
  • Copy Center
  • Technology Learning Center
  • Children’s Room
  • Law Room
  • Humanities Wing

To release a print at the Self Service Station:

  • Click on Release a Print Job on the Main Menu.
  • Enter your Pasadena/Glendale library card number (no spaces) or temporary I.D. and click OK.
  • The system will default to a listing of your unprinted jobs from the past 24 hours.
  • Highlight the new print job(s) you wish to output and click Print.
  • Click on Pay from Vending Device.
  • Insert cash, coin, credit card, or your Cash-card into the vending device and click OK.

How Do I Pay For My Prints?
Printing costs 10¢ per page for black and white and 50¢ for color prints.
The Internet Commons, Copy Center, and Law Room allow prints to be paid for by Cash-card, coin, or cash. The Copy Center also allows prints to be paid for by credit card. All other locations within the Central Library require a Cash-card.
To purchase a Cash-card:

  • Cash-cards dispensers are available in the Copy Center.
  • A $1 bill will purchase a card with 50¢ credit on it.
  • Cash-cards are re-usable.
  • Add more value to cards with $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills.
  • Re-INSERT a Cash-card first before adding money to it.Note: Print jobs remain accessible through the Print Release Stations for 24 hours from the time the print command is issued for printing and reprinting.

Copying and Other Technology

Copy machines that charge $ .15 (fifteen cents) per copy are available for use at all library branches.
The Central Library has a Copy Center, located adjacent to the Internet Commons on the first level below the north east Reference Wing, with a variety of self-service machines for patrons’ convenience. The Copy Center closes five (5) minutes before the Library’s closing time.

Photocopy Machines

  • There are black & white and color copy machines for general photocopy purposes, which accept both cash and Cash-cards.
  • Cost of copies:
    • Black & white: $ .15 (fifteen cents) per copy
    • Color: $ .50 (fifty cents) per copy

Scanner & Fax Machine

  • There is a scanner available for use in the Copy Center. This machine can scan to a USB drive, email, Google Drive, and Dropbox. Scans cost $ .05 (five cents) per scan.
  • This machine can also scan documents to fax. Faxes can be sent within the USA and Canada for a fee of $1.00 per page.

Change Machines

  • There are two types of change machines available in the Copy Center. One accepts $1.00 or $5.00 bills and dispenses quarters as change. The Bill to Bill Change machine accepts $5.00, $10.00, and $20.00 bills and dispenses $1.00 bills as change.

Cash-card Machine

  • There are two Cash-card dispensing machines located in the Copy Center. The Cash-card costs $1.00 to purchase. The first $.50 is the cost of the card itself. The remaining $.50 is the value on the card. The cards are re-usable. Once purchased, additional value may be added to the cards. There are no refunds for excess value added to card. Cash-cards are used to make copies at $.15 each on the copy machines, and prints from the microfilm/Microfiche readers, $.50 for color copies and $.10 for black and white prints from the Internet workstations, workstations in the Technology Learning Center, and workstations in the Reference Wing and Law Room. Cash-cards are also used for time on the Pay for Use Computers and for paying for the fax machine.

Technology Learning Centers

Central Library – This lab is open to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis during the hours of Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. and offers limited Internet access to sites linked from the library’s homepage as well as word processing. Special lab hours offering full internet access are reserved for children and teens to learn new skills and spend time researching Monday – Thursday 3:30– 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:00– 5:00 p.m. During these hours a library staff member is available to assist students in using the computers. Children and teens may sign up for up to two 30-minute slots per day.

Each of the ten computer stations is loaded with resources and software, including the following:

  • The Library Catalog, showing the holdings of all the Pasadena and Glendale Public Libraries.
  • InfoTrac, an online index of magazine and newspaper articles, some of which can be downloaded as full text, others permitting you to find printed sources.
  • Kid’s Catalog, a special version of the library’s catalog of holdings arranged specifically for kids.
  • Mavis Beacon Typing Tutor, to help you with your keyboard skills.
  • Internet Explorer, for browsing the web. (Limited access during general lab hours.)
  • Word 2010, a word processor for typing and editing documents and homework.
  • Access 2010, database software to help you organize things.
  • Excel 2010, spreadsheet software for organizing numbers and money.
  • PowerPoint 2010, for making presentations.
  • Publisher 2010, for desktop publishing projects.
  • Jumpstart and MathBlaster, educational software for children of various ages.

La Pintoresca Branch – This lab is reserved for career, job, and grant funding research (FC Search) Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Special lab hours offering full internet access are reserved for children only Monday – Friday 3:00– 5:30 p.m.

Villa-Parke – This lab is open to the general public on a first-come first-served basis Monday – Friday 3:00– 6:00 p.m. Computers provide access to the Internet and word processing.