Computers & Technology
Midland County Public Libraries offer PCs with Internet access, printing, copiers, and free Wi-Fi. Other technologies and services are available as described below.
All minors should be accompanied by a chaperone to access public Internet computers. Wi-Fi access is available 24/7. Public computers are available during library hours and disconnect 30 minutes before the library closes.
Computers and Internet Access
Use of computers and Library Wi-Fi is open and free of charge to the public. Cardholders may log in to a computer using a valid library card; non-cardholders may obtain guest access with a valid ID. All users may have up to three hours (180 minutes) per day -- any time extensions may be given at the library's discretion given that no patrons are waiting for access.
Each PC is equipped with Microsoft Office Suite 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher), Adobe PDF Reader, and Windows Media Player. Users may not download additional software or content.
Note: Any files created or downloaded for personal use will be deleted upon the end of any computer session.
Printing and Photocopying
All public computers are connected to a central public printer, and documents may be sent at any time during a computer session. These printers may also be used as photocopy machines.
Prints and copies are available in both Black & White and Color on standard 8.5" x 11" paper and 8.5" x 14" (legal size) paper.
Printing costs are $0.10/page for Black & White, $0.15/page for Black & White in legal size, and $0.50/page for color. Print jobs may be collected using cash only at the printing station. Valid tender includes quarters, $1 bills, and $5 bills.
Documents may be scanned as PDFs to a USB drive free of charge. If a user does not have a USB drive, the library will provide one to use during that time.
Patrons may fax documents at the Reference Desk at the Centennial Library. The Downtown Library does not currently offer this service. The library does not accept incoming faxes or replies.
Costs for faxing services are subject to $1.00/page, including any cover sheets.
Patrons in need of digitizing older, outdated documents or files may visit the Redfern Genealogical Research Center located at Centennial Library. Digitization tools allow for converting:
- Slides and negatives as JPEG files
- Photographs to JPEGs
- Super 8 or 8mm film to .mp4 files
- VHS and VHS-C to DVD-R, DVD-RW, or MPEG, JPG, BMP
- Audio cassettes to .wav files
- 3.5" (89mm) floppy discs to USB drive
- 8mm cassettes to MPEG, JPG, or BMP formats
Use of the Reclamation Station is subject to the Genealogy Department's Terms and Conditions. Patrons are responsible for bringing their own discs or USB drives to hold the converted files. Conversion times will vary. Contact the Redfern Genealogical Research Center or call (432) 742-7440 to schedule an appointment.