Use a Computer or Printer

Reserve a Computer

Make a computer reservation.

Look up or cancel a reservation.

Or visit a CPL location to make a reservation in person.

Computers are available from the time a location opens until 30 minutes before the location closes.

Printing at CPL

Visit any CPL location to print a document. You can use a library computer or print from your own device.

Please note, printing at all CPL locations ends 15 minutes before closing. 

Printing Costs

  • $.15 per sheet for 1-sided prints
  • $.25 per sheet for 2-sided prints

The first $1.50 in printing is free. Color printing is not available.

Print from Your Phone or Computer

You can send documents to any CPL location from your own phone or computer. To get started, select a pickup location below. You will receive a confirmation once you’ve sent your documents.

Computer & Printer FAQ

  • You can borrow a WiFi hotspot or a Google Chromebook Kit, which includes a WiFi hotspot and a Chromebook, from CPL through our Internet to Go program.

    A WiFi hotspot is a device you can use to connect a mobile-enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, to the internet.

    A Chromebook is a lightweight laptop that runs Google’s Chrome operating system. It must be connected to the internet for you to access its features, which are all web-based. The WiFi hotspot connects the Chromebook to the internet.

    The hotspot is portable, so you can connect your device almost wherever you are, like at home, on the bus or in the park.

    The hotspot works in any area covered by the Sprint 3G or 4G LTE network.

  • Yes. Print documents for pickup at any library location by uploading them or forwarding them as email attachments. Choose your pickup location to get started.

    Printing at all CPL locations ends 15 minutes before closing. 

  • All CPL locations offer free WiFi.

    Look for the network CPLWIFI on your device. No special settings, usernames or passwords are required.

    You’ll need to accept our terms of use to connect to the WiFi network.

  • Use your library card to reserve a computer for one hour at any CPL location.

    Reservations (up to two per day) may be made for the same day and the following two days. Computer sessions are available from the time a location opens until 30 minutes before the location closes. 

    When making your reservation, please note the start time and computer number for your session. 

    You can also make a reservation in person at any CPL location. 

    Make a reservation.

  • Yes. CyberNavigator tutors are available for one-on-one in-person computer help sessions at specific CPL locations. View locations with CyberNavigators.

    For online help, use Chicago DigitalLearn to find videos on computer skills like:

    • Email
    • Searching the internet
    • Online job searching and resume writing
    • Using Facebook and Skype

    Chicago DigitalLearn videos are also available in Spanish.

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