Use a computer or free Wi-Fi at any of our libraries; build skills through online tutorials and events at the library.
Anyone with a valid library card registered with Hennepin County Library may use a library computer. Computer sign up is available in person only, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Filtering software is used to filter out proxy sites, sites that pose a security risk to the network, and obscene materials as defined by Minnesota Statute 617.241, in accordance with the library’s Internet Public Use Policy. In some cases, patrons may request that the content filter be disabled. Ask library staff for assistance.
Cost per page (cash only):
Download to disk or USB drive or burn to CD.
Scanners are available at all Hennepin County libraries.
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access
Available on computers at all Hennepin County libraries.
ArtRage 2 Starter Edition, Audacity, GIMP (sophisticated graphics software), Scribus (desktop publishing software), Tux Paint
Type in many different languages.
Available on some computers at the following libraries:
Hennepin County Library offers free wireless Internet access at all library locations when the library is open.
Please note: The library cannot guarantee that your equipment will work with the library network.
Please note: We are unable to support the 802.11 protocol.
If not, make sure your device’s wireless is turned on and that you are trying to connect to the network named HCL_Public.
You need to get the Internet Use Policy page to load in a browser and select “I Agree” to fully connect to the library’s wireless network.
If you've connected to the network and opened a browser, but the Internet Use Policy is not loading, then try navigating to http://www.hclib.org . This will often kick-start the Internet Use Policy page to load.
If you have tried the above steps and are still having problems, then try disconnecting from the network and restarting your device. This often solves connection issues.
Wireless printing is available at all libraries, except Long Lake, Osseo and St. Bonifacius.
Printing for PC
Printing for Mac
Printing from your mobile device
Coin-operated copiers (black and white only) are available at all libraries.
Cost per page (cash only) – 10¢
Brookdale, Minneapolis Central, Ridgedale, and Southdale libraries have microfilm and microfiche readers available.
Easy-to-use Power Check energy meters from Xcel Energy can be checked out for three weeks from Hennepin County Library.
The energy meters can be plugged into any standard 120-volt electric appliance to measure voltage, electricity cost, and electric consumption. They come with home energy assessment instructions, worksheets, money-saving energy tips, and information about rebates and incentive programs.
The meters will help you:
See the Xcel Energy website for instructions for using the meter in English, Hmong, and Spanish, as well as an instructional video.
Fax machines are not available at any Hennepin County library.
Library staff can help you scan and email documents or send documents through an online fax service.
Typewriters are not available at any Hennepin County library.
MAGic is a magnification and speech program for low vision users. MAGic can magnify the screen up to 16 times the original size and "talks" to the user, repeating commands and helping to navigate the screen.
Available for use at all Hennepin County libraries.
OpenBook is an optical character recognition (OCR) software which allows a user to scan mail, books, articles, or printed microform to an application which reads it.
Available for use on computers with scanners at all Hennepin County libraries.
JAWS for Windows is a screen reader. Designed for people who are blind, it allows users to access hyperlinks and content on a webpage.
This audio system is designed for use in large group meeting settings. It includes a microphone and up to six individual listening devices, which are worn by users and amplify the speaker’s voice. Patrons reserving library meeting rooms can request this system when they make their room reservations.
Available for use at all Hennepin County libraries.
A personal listening device that amplifies sounds closest to the listener while reducing background noise.
A handheld magnifier that features a 2X magnification lens with an extra-wide field of vision with a built-in light.
A standard keyboard with large black letters on yellow keys, designed for use by low vision users.
An ergonomic mouse that uses less arm movement than a conventional mouse. The user rolls a trackball with the thumb, fingers, or the palm of the hand to move the cursor. Can be used with either left or right hand.
A Z-phone that uses video relay service is available at Minneapolis Central Library for library customers who use ASL (American Sign Language) to make calls within the library or outside the building. The phone is available when the library is open and can be requested at the Fiction/Media Desk. The video relay service uses VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) and a high quality video camera with certified interpreters and is provided at no cost to qualified people through Federal Communication Commission funding.
Available in the Adaptive Technology Lab at Minneapolis Central Library.
Located on the first floor of Minneapolis Central Library, the lab has workstations with 21-inch monitors and scanners. Software available for users with vision loss includes JAWS, Open Book, and MAGic for screen magnification. Other adaptive technology includes Dragon Naturally Speaking, Talking Typer, Kurzweil 3000, OCR scanners and many devices, including various keyboards, mice and trackballs, adjustable height tables, pocket talker and zPhone.
Available only in a library. Interactive, guided tutorials including computer basics and operating systems and software from Microsoft and Mac.
Resources for basic computer and academic skill building, job preparation, and career advancement. Includes interactive tutorials, online books, and test preparation tools for GED, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and military and occupational exams.
Top-quality video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. Lessons are for all skill levels and include a wide variety of topic areas including business skills and software, web design and development, music, photo, and video editing, and 3D design and animation.
Self-paced online typing course with drills, speed tests, and games.
Get more comfortable with digital tools and learn computer skills.