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. Service is available during all Library hours.


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.


Computing Services

  • Public desktop computers with internet access
  • iMac computers with digital creativity software
  • High-speed WiFi access (including parking lot coverage)
    • Network access: MCPL_Wireless
  • Wireless printing to library printers
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Zoom for watching/listening only (webcam/mic not available)
  • Video Games
  • DVD / CD drives
  • Headphones
  • CD burning capability
  • Printers (black-and-white and color)
  • USB ports
  • Free printing for library card users (limit 30 cents' worth per day)


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.
  • Technology use is available by reservation for up to one hour per daily session. This includes the use of a computer, scanner, fax machine, copier, and/or printer. Both one-hour and 15-minute express terminals will be available to reserve. Please sanitize your workstation before and after use.
  • Printing: We offer 30 cents 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: Patrons may leave for up to 15 minutes during a session by locking the computer. After 15 minutes, patrons may lose their 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 for Internet access anywhere.


Children's Services

The Advanced Workstations in Education (AWE) Early Literacy Station is the first in a series of educational solutions for children ages 2 through 10. It includes more than forty-five educational software packages spanning seven curricular areas, top rated by Children's Technology Review.

The Early Literacy Station is not just another computer with software. Kids are captivated by the interface and start to explore immediately. Safe, fun, educationally effective, warranted, hassle-free, and fresh every year.

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.


Lost & Found Items

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

See our complete Internet and Computer Use Policy.