Using a Public Computer

Guests using the computer at the library

Public Computers are available at our Main Library, Meadows Branch, Reynolds Branch and NoBo Corner Library.

Available Resources

Software on public workstations includes:

  • Microsoft Office Standard (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Publisher)
  • Google Chrome
  • Edge Browser
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Available on a limited basis at Main Library, Meadows Branch and Reynolds Branch is the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Adobe Premier Pro, Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat).

We also have a workstation with special software and equipment for people with visual or physical disabilities at the Main Library.

How does reserving a computer work?

  • Use your current Boulder Public Library card or a Computer Use Card to log on to a public computer.
  • Guest passes are available for visitors without a library card. Limit one per day.
  • A standard computer reservation is 1 hour, with the possibility of a limited number of automatic extensions, subject to demand.
  • 15-Minute Express Computers are available.
  • Users are limited to 90 min per day on all public computers.

Guidelines for Public Computers

  • No food is allowed at the computers. Covered drinks are permitted.
  • Users must conform to the policies stated here and to our General Rules and Regulations when using library computers.
  • Boulder Public Library cards & Computer Use cards are non-transferable. Users must use their own library card to reserve a computer. The use of a friend or family member’s library card is not permitted and may result in the suspension of computer privileges.
  • Headphones are required for listening to any resource with an audio component.
  • Three onscreen warnings will appear prior to the end of your computer session. Failure to comply with these warnings will result in the loss of your work.
  • The last computer session of the day ends 10 minutes before the library closes.
  • Boulder Public Library is not responsible for time or data lost due to computer or power failure.
  • Parents and caregivers are expected to monitor their child’s use of the computers and internet and accompany children in need of supervision to ensure their safety and well-being