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Computers

Public Access computers provide free access to the internet and software programs including Microsoft Word.

You must bring your library card and sign in to use a computer on each visit. Files can be saved to disk or USB drive.

Computer users in Aylmer, Dutton, Straffordville and Port Stanley can use PC Reservation software to book a computer session. If no one is waiting, step on up to a PC to check availability. If all computers are in use, you can make a reservation at the self-reservation station (except Straffordville), or book with staff at the circulation desk.

This software has been purchased with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism & Culture as part of the 2011 Capacity Building Grant program administered by Southern Ontario Library Service.

Public computers and wireless internet access are available for use at all branch locations. If you have any questions about how to search our catalogue or use one of our electronic databases, please ask staff.

The following fees apply to printing and storage media:
Black and White Printing: $0.25 per page
Colour Printing: $1.00 per page
CDs: $2.50 each

In addition to printing, scanning and faxing are also available.

Computer Training

Community Access Sites, otherwise known as CAS, is a Government of Canada Initiative, administered by Industry Canada that aims to provide Canadians with affordable public access to the internet and the skills they need to use it effectively. The CAS Youth Initiative is a program to hire youth aged 15-30 to work as interns at CAS Centers throughout Canada, helping individuals, community organizations and small businesses improve their knowledge and effective use of the Internet and other related information technologies.

The CAS program runs from September to March. If you have questions about computers or are looking for training from March to August when CAS interns are not available, please ask library staff. We are here to help!

Read about current technology trends from our 2014-2015 CAS interns

Elgin County Library acknowledges the generous funding support of Industry Canada, which enables us to hire CAS youth interns and provide free computer training to the public.


Computers for Low-Income Families

If you are a low-income earner, you may qualify to purchase a used computer through Renewed Computer Technology. Please visit their web site for more information on their outreach program.