- Flash card reader
- Equipment for people with disabilities
- Microfilm readers and printer
- Courtesy Check machines
Note: The public computers at the library run Windows 7.
- Word processing computer
- A standalone personal computer is available for the public to use with these four programs: Microsoft Excel 2013; Microsoft PowerPoint 2013; Microsoft Word 2013; and Microsoft Publisher 2013. A laser printer and plain paper are provided (printing costs are $.10 per page). Users who wish to save their data to must bring their own disk or USB flash drive. Located next to the microfilm scanner, this computer may be used for up to 90 minutes per person per day. Reference staff will provide basic assistance with hardware and access to the software.
- Internet access computers
- There are currently nineteen personal computers with Internet access that are available for public use. Use of these workstations is subject to the Red Wing Public Library’s Internet Access Policy and Usage Rules. Each of these computers has available the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers. In addition to the browsers, these computers provide Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Excel (mostly Office 2007, though Internets 3-5 have Office 2013), Picasa image editing software, QuickTime and Windows Media Player (the exceptions are the two 15 minute Express Internet PCs, neither of which have any of the Microsoft Office programs). Thirteen of the computers are located in the adult reference area and six in the in the teen area. Pursuant to the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act, Internet access on all library computers is filtered. Individuals age 17 and over may request library staff to temporarily unblock a particular site. Under no circumstances will filtering be turned off for individuals age 16 and under.
- Three iPads located in the Children’s area at the library provide a variety of games and educational software. All software can be used at the library without the need to check anything out.
- Kodak 50 in 1 card reader
- Available upon request from the service desk is a USB memory card reader, which is compatible with a variety of memory cards and can be used at any of our public computers.
A public copier is located next to the service desk. Copies cost $.10 each for black & white, $.50 for color. You can also scan documents, free of charge, to a USB flash drive (not provided – you’ll need to bring your own). Ask for assistance and change at the service desk.
- Adaptive computer workstation
- The adaptive computer workstation is provided for the benefit of people who are blind or have low vision. The workstation provides access to the library’s online catalog and the Internet with software (Supernova) that translates computer commands and text into speech, and provides magnification as well. For training on the specialized software used by this workstation, contact the Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL) at (507) 285-1815.
- Other assistive devices
- A wheelchair, book-basket cart, assistive hearing devices, TDD machine, and a “book grabber” are available at the Check Out Desk for use in the library.
- Building equipment and furnishings are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.
Two machines for viewing microfilm are located in the adult reference area, one of which is capable of printing from both microfilm and microfiche.
People can check out their library materials without waiting in line at the service desk. In addition to streamlining the check out process, the three Cen-Tec self check machines provide privacy in checking out library materials. For more information ask at the service desk.