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Woman using computerUsing Computers Upstairs in Adult Services

The Adult Services computers are for patrons in seventh grade or older. Younger patrons should use the computers in Children’s Services. 
There are fifteen computers in three areas: Internet Row, the Computer Resource Center (CRC), and Lab A (a private lab with one computer). 
All computers have Internet access, Microsoft Office software, and online databases. 
Black and white printing is $.10 per page.  Color printing is $.50 per page. 
A scanner is connected to Station 5 in the CRC.  Patrons can also scan to an email or USB flash drive (must be formatted before using) for $.05 per page on the copiers in the Printing Center.
Outgoing fax service is available for $1.50 per page.
CDs may be purchased at the Information Desk for $1.00. USB flash drives may be purchased for $8.00 at the Information Desk.

To sign onto a computer

The library uses a self-service sign-in system called PC Reservation™ to manage the use of its public access desktop computers. To sign in to any computers in the adult areas, patrons must have one of the following:

Stop by one of the two Reservation Stations in front of the Adult Services Reference Desk. You will need to scan your library card at the Reservation Station to be assigned a computer. Reservations are good for 55 minutes and can be extended two 15-minute sessions if no one is waiting. Patrons are eligible for two sessions per day, regardless of the time used during each session.
Patrons have 10 minutes to logon to a session before the reservation becomes invalid.
Patrons who present proof of out-of-state residence at the Adult Services Reference Desk will be given guest passes to sign onto the computer.

Additional Computer Access


The library has several laptop computers that can be checked out with your valid Wauconda Area Library card if you are 18 or older. A driver's license or some other valid form of photo identification is also required. First-time users will be asked to fill out and sign a Library Laptop Computer Checkout Policy and User Agreement. Laptops may be used inside the library for up to 2 hours. Click here for information on wireless printing.

Wireless Access

The Wauconda Area Library is a wireless hotspot. Bring in your wireless-ready laptop for free Internet access. Click here for information on wireless printing.

The Printing Center

The library now offers a variety of services in our new Printing Center, located by the Adult Services Reference Desk. Services include high-quality black-and-white and color photocopying and computer printouts, faxing, and scanning to a USB flash drive. For more information, click here.

Computer Classes and Training

The library has introductory computer classes. Dates and times of the computer classes vary by newsletter. View a current listing of our classes.
The Adult Services Department also offers appointment-based computer help. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance and last approximately 1 hour.
Topics covered include introduction to the computer and internet, typing and mouse skills, creating an email account, basic Microsoft Word assistance, using a library database or library catalog instruction.