More Than a Library…
Western Allegheny Community Library is practically a mini-office center! We have desktop computers and laptops, productivity software, high-speed internet, Wi-Fi, printers, a copier, fax machine, scanner, and more.
Desktop Computers and Laptops
Eight PCs are available in the adult area, one in Children’s, and laptops are installed in the Teen Room and Café. In addition, we have laptops for in-library use, which you can check out and take anywhere in the library—at a study table, in the café, or even in a private tutoring room. A valid library card and I.D. are required to check out a laptop. Also, iPads have been installed in the Children’s and Teen areas, loaded with apps and internet-ready.
Software available on the library’s computers includes:
- Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access)
- Internet Browsers (Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome)
- Media Software (Windows Media Player, VLC)
The library offers free Wi-Fi if you bring in your laptop (Windows or Mac OS) or mobile device. There is no fee to use the Wi-Fi, and it is available throughout the library – even outside in the Backyard!
Scan, Copy, and Fax
Our Xerox machine makes high quality, fast copying available at a minimal cost (25¢ per page for black and white and 50¢ for color). You are responsible for all copies you make, so please ask a staff member for assistance if needed. Faxing is also available for $1.00 per page ($1.25 long distance). Scanning and emailing a document as a PDF on the Xerox is 25¢ per page. We also have a photo scanner on one of the desktop computers to scan a picture or document.
Resources for Students
The library provides private tutoring rooms and a comfortable café for meeting or quiet study. We are also happy to offer students up to five pages of free printing for homework assignments. In addition, each school in the district has a designated card for student in-library computer access – ask at the front desk for details.
Room Rental & Reservation
Western Allegheny Community Library has a variety of public areas for formal and informal meeting use. See our Room Rental page for details and application.
As part of its mission to enhance literacy and learning in the community, the library periodically offers classes on various technologies, software, and services. You can make a one-on-one appointment for further individual assistance. See our Computer Classes page for details.
When staffing permits, the library will proctor exams for students. See the Exam Proctoring Policies & Request Form for details.