Please note that computers shut down 20 minutes before closing. To view the Computer Policy (updated July 2019), click here.
For information on our assistive technology, click here.
For information on printing, copying, and scanning, click here.
Computers are available on the second and third floors of the Main Library. See the reopening page for open hours of the second and third floors. Computer sessions are 30 minutes with one 30-minute extension (see a staff person for the extension).
Chromebook laptops are available to borrow by Montclair Public Library cardholders. Chromebooks run on Google’s Chrome operating system and are different from conventional laptops because they are entirely web-based — software cannot be installed on them.
To request to borrow a laptop, fill out this form. Before a Chromebook is borrowed for the first time, the Chromebook and Hotspot Lending Agreement must be filled out; copies are available in the Library.
When borrowing a Chromebook, a Google account must be used to log in — you may use your own account or create a new one. If you need assistance creating a Google account contact the Adult Services at 973-744-0500 ext. 2234 or Youth Services at ext. 2236. For questions about borrowing contact Borrower Services at ext. 2232.
Q. How can I use wireless Internet at the Library?
A. Most users can simply bring their wireless enabled laptop computer or other mobile device to the Library Plaza and turn it on. There is no password. The computer will automatically recognize the wireless network. The Library cannot guarantee your equipment will work with the Library’s network. Please note that use of personal laptops inside the library is not permitted at this time. Visits are limited to 30 minutes and services are limited.
Q. Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect?
A. In many instances wireless devices will automatically detect the Library’s wireless network and configure themselves to use the system. If you device does not connect right away please try the following: make sure your wireless network adapter has been properly installed according to the manufacturers instructions; use the management software that came with your wireless device to confirm that your configuration settings match the values shown below.
NETWORK NAME or (SSID): any
NETWORK MODE: Infrastructure
WEP: Disabled IP or NETWORK SETTINGS: DHCP enabled or obtain an IP address automatically
DNS: Obtain DNS address automatically
If you are using Windows XP SP2 you must disconnect your firewall.
Q. Can the library help me configure my computer?
A. Everyone’s computer is different and you are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment. The Library cannot be responsible for any changes you make to your computer’s settings. If you need additional assistance, you may need to contact the hardware or software manufacturer.
Q. Is my information safe while using wireless?
A. Your information is not protected while using wireless, unless you are connected to a web page that employs encryption (stores, banks, etc). Keep this in mind if you are accessing sensitive business or personal information. We recommend you use up to date virus software, a personal firewall and turn off file and printer sharing. These steps are the responsibility of the user.