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Computers & Technology

Public Use Computers

The Daly City Public Library provides access to computers with internet and Microsoft Office applications at all four locations.

Time Limit: 3 hours/day per person, enforced by timing software.  Express Stations providing 15 minute access are available at all locations.  A valid library card is required for 1-hour sessions.

Reservations: Computers may be reserved from reservation stations within the libraries.  Advanced reservations may be made online for the same day usage.  All computers are available on a first come-first serve basis if there are no pending reservations.

Accessibility: JAWS (Screen Reader Software) is available for the visually impaired on one computer at the Serramonte Library and one computer at the Westlake Library.

Printing: Printing is 15¢ per page (black and white, laser quality) and 40¢ per page (color, laser quality).  Each user may set up a print account.  Unused funds remain in the account and can be used at any PLS library.

Saving: Work can be saved to a USB flash drive at all Daly City Libraries.  USB flash drives are available to purchase for $6.00 (8 GB) and $10.00 (16 GB).

Restrictions: For security reasons, files may not be saved or installed on the hard drive of a library computer and optical drives are read only.

Privacy:  The Library respects and protects the privacy of all users.  A library card is required for computer use so that the software can enforce time limits, thus assuring that everyone gets a chance to use the computers. 

All users are required to accept our Computer Use and Internet Use Policies when logging in to use public computers.

Serramonte Main Library

Qty
Duration
Internet
MS Word®, Excel®, and Powerpoint®
14
1 hour
2
15 minutes
2
unlimited
research only
1 1 hour scanner, Photoshop Elements®, internet and MS Office®

Westlake Branch

Qty
Duration
Internet
MS Word®, Excel®, and Powerpoint®
8
1 hour
1
15 minutes
1
unlimited
research only
1 1 hour scanner, Photoshop Elements®, internet and MS Office®

John Daly Branch

Qty
Duration
Internet
MS Word®, Excel®, and Powerpoint®
10
1 hour
2
15 minutes
3
unlimited
research only
1 1 hour scanner, Photoshop Elements®, internet and MS Office®

Bayshore Branch

Qty
Duration
Internet
MS Word®, Excel®, and Powerpoint®
5
1 hour
1
15 minutes
1
unlimited
research only
1 1 hour scanner, Photoshop Elements®, internet and MS Office®

*All Microsoft Office® programs (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint) are version 2013.

Wireless Access

The Daly City Public Library provides wireless internet access at all locations.  Bring your laptop or mobile device to the library and surf the web as long as you want.

Important notice to wireless users:

When you bring your laptop or mobile device to the Library, remember not to leave it unattended.  The Library is not responsible for items left unattended.  

Wireless users should protect laptops from viruses and other Internet threats through the use of antivirus software and personal firewall software.  No such protection is offered by the Library's wireless connection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I need to access the Library's wireless network?

A: You need a laptop computer or mobile device that has wireless capabilities. 

Q: From where can I access the Library's wireless network?

A:The network is accessible anywhere in the four Daly City Library locations.  A limited number of power outlets are available at all locations for laptop users.  Ask the staff if you have questions about the coverage area.

Q:Are there any restrictions on the use of the wireless network?

A: You may not use the network to view images, text or graphics that are obscene.  See the Daly City Public Library's Internet Use Policy, available at the Service Desks, for further information.

The bandwidth available for the wireless Internet connection is shared with all others in the library.  To show consideration for others' needs, we ask you not to download excessively large files or use peer-to-peer file sharing programs.

Q: How do I connect to the wireless network?

A: You do not need any special configuration, as our network is an "open" network.  Depending on the library you are in, the network names are Serramonte Library, Westlake Library, John Daly Library or Bayshore Library.  Once connection is established, you will need to accept our Terms of Use Policy before having access.

Q: Can I print from my laptop using any of the Library's printers?

A: Yes, wireless printing is available for laptops and mobile devices (smart phones and tablets).  Printing is 15¢ per page (black and white, laser quality) and 40¢ per page (color, laser quality).  Instructions for wireless printing can be found here.

Public Use Equipment

3D Printer

The Library has a 3D printer available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is submitted as a digital file. The current location is the Serramonte Main Library.

How do I get started?
1. Either download a 3D printing file, commission one from a designer, or create your own.
2. E-mail your file to dclcirc@plsinfo.org. Library staff will convert it into the format used by our 3D printer. You will receive an e-mail when the file is ready and waiting for you to print at the library.
3. Call the library at 650-991-8023 to make an appointment during regular open hours.

Please note: 3D printing is very slow. All printing must be completed before the library closes
for the day. When you receive notice that your file is ready, the approximate print time will also
be noted so you can schedule your visit accordingly.

You must be present at the beginning of your 3D printing appointment, but we will hold your
object for a week if you cannot be there to see it finish.

Notes for successful 3D printing: The printer uses PLA plastic filament that is corn-based and biodegradable. It is light and rigid. Small or thin pieces are likely to break off.

Designs that have large overhangs are not likely to print well. All pieces must have support structure. Our 3D printer can only print one color at a time but 3D printed objects can be painted.

Available colors: black, white, gray, red, green, purple, orange, and blue. FDA food-safe off-white filament is also available. Specify your preferred color when e-mailing your file.

Parameters: Individual print objects must require no more than seven meters of filament. When you submit your file, it may be sized down to reduce the required material.

Users are limited to one print request at a time. There are content restrictions; see the 3D Printer Policy. There is currently no charge for 3D printing during our pilot project period. A fee may be charged in the future to cover associated costs.

Photocopiers

There are self-service photocopiers at all library locations.  All copies are 15¢ per page.  All copiers are coin-operated; they accept $1, $5, and $10 bills and provide change.

All copies are black & white; color copies are not currently available.

Typewriters

There are electric typewriters for public-use at the Seramonte Main Library and Westlake Branch.  

There is no charge for using the typewriter, but patrons must provide their own paper.  If necessary, paper can be purchased from the Service desk for 15¢ per page (the cost of a printed or copied page).

Word processing using Microsoft Word is also available on the public use computers at all library locations.

Microfilm Reader

There is a microfilm reader at the Serramonte Main Library.  The reader accepts both microfilm and microfiche.

Copies of microfilm can be made from the reader for 15¢ per page.

The Library has a number of publications available on microfilm, including the Daly City Record, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.