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 (Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome)
- Media Software (Windows Media Player, VLC)
Free Wi-Fi and Mobile Printing
The library offers free Wi-Fi if you bring in your mobile device, and now you can print from your personal laptop while in the library. There is no fee to use the library’s Wi-Fi service, but standard printing fees apply (25¢ per page for black & white and 50¢ for color).
Most newer laptops with Windows or Mac OS will be able to access the Wi-Fi and wireless printing. You will have to download the EnvisionWare Mobile Print Client from our website. See Wi-Fi & Mobile Printing for details and directions.
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 5 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. Tutoring rooms, study tables, and the café are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Community Room, Garage, and Conference Rooms may be reserved ahead of time according to the policy below. Please contact the library by phone or in person to check availability before the desired date (preferably two weeks prior). A date may be temporarily reserved, but is only confirmed once an application and deposit (if applicable) is received. Initial contact does not guarantee space in the desired room; a staff member will contact you when your reservation is confirmed. See our Room Rental page for room rental policies 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. Check our Calendar of Events to search the most current listings and sign up today.
If you need help with the computers, internet, software, equipment, or any other technology, the staff is happy to help on a limited basis. You can make a one-on-one appointment for further individual assistance.
Examples of one-on-ones could include:
- Basic Computer Use
- Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
- Social Media (Facebook, Pinterest, etc.)
- Internet Browsing or Websites
- Library Technology and Software
- Accessing Library eBooks or eMedia
- Using Smartphones, Tablets, or eReaders
See the Individual Appointment Request Form for details and to request a one-on-one class.
When staffing permits, the library will proctor exams for students. There is no fee for this service, but a donation to the library would be appreciated. Students must submit the completed Proctoring Request Form at least two weeks in advance of the desired date, or earlier depending on the requirements of the school or testing entity. Completion of a form does not guarantee the service; a staff member will contact the student to determine scheduling. See the Exam Proctoring Policies & Request Form for details.