Current In-Building Technology Use 

Technology use includes the use of a computer, scanner, fax machine, copier, and/or printer. Please sanitize your workstation before and after use.

One-hour time limits are no longer in effect and additional public computers are available. 15-minute express terminals are also available for use.

Regular copying and printing fees now apply, as listed below.


In-Building Laptop Checkout

Want to check out a laptop for up to four hours?

The Downtown Library offers four Chromebooks for in-building Zoom meeting use. Laptops check out from the second-floor information desk and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Study rooms may be reserved up to 24 hours in advance for privacy.

The Ellettsville Branch offers four Dell laptops and two MacBook Pros for in-building use. Laptops check out from the information desk and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Laptops are equipped with Office 2019, Skype, and other programs that are available on our desktop computers (with the exception of games).


Basic Computer Skills

Need help learning basic computer skills? Call 812-349-3173 or email vital [at] (subject: Request%20Northstar%20Learner%20Account) to request a learner account. Please include your first and last name. You will receive an email confirmation and information on joining Northstar Online Learning.


General Computing Services

To meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of the community, we provide free access to the internet and various productivity software to residents and visitors.

  • Public desktop computers with internet access
  • iMac computers with digital creativity software in the Level Up Digital Creativity Center
  • High-speed WiFi access (including extended parking lot coverage)
    • Network access: MCPL_Wireless
  • Printers (black-and-white and color)
  • Wireless printing to our printers
  • Free printing for library cardholders (up to 30 cents/day)
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Zoom for viewing/listening only (webcam/mic not available)
  • Video games
  • DVD / CD drives
  • CD-burning capability
  • Headphones
  • USB ports


Using a Public Computer

  • To use a public computer, enter your library card number. If you do not have a library card, you may log in with any combination of letters, numbers, and punctuation. You'll need this login if you're printing something.
  • Printing: We offer 30 cents worth of free printing per day for library card users (this is equivalent to three black and white pages or one color page). Additional black and white pages are available at 10 cents per copy and color pages at 30 cents per copy, payable at the printing stations.
  • Breaks: You may leave your workstation for up to 15 minutes during a session by locking the computer. After 15 minutes, you may lose your computer access.
  • Please refer to print and time management for more information.


Wireless Configuration & Setup

Enjoy free high-speed WiFi access at the Library. Use the "MCPL_Wireless" network to connect to our network.

You can also check out wireless mobile hotspots from our Library of Things for internet access anywhere.


Children's Services

Children's computers are available as well. The websites that are linked from the children's services webpages have been selected to reflect the interests and informational needs of the children served. Learn more.

Our Advanced Workstations in Education (AWE) early literacy stations are not just another computer––they include more than 45 educational software packages spanning seven curricular areas! Educational titles in each curriculum area are chosen for age appropriateness, educational value, replay interest, ease of use, entertainment value, graphics and sound, discovery and growth, and much more. The interface is imaginative and intuitive and encourages exploration by drawing kids into a learning adventure. AWEs are safe, fun, educational, and hassle-free, captivating kids and enabling them to explore immediately. They are top-rated by Children's Technology Review.


Lost & Found Items

Any items left at the public computers by patrons will be taken to the "lost and found" on the second floor of the Downtown Library or the customer assistance desk at Ellettsville.

See our complete Internet and Computer Use Policy.