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Computers & Technology

Tech in Library

Can I check out eBooks or eAudiobooks from the Library?

Yes, the Library subscribes to multiple eBook platforms including Overdrive/Libby, Hoopla, & RB Digital.  UDPL also buys extra copies just for our patrons, so make sure you login before you browse.

Please visit our Books, Audio, & Video Online page for more information.

Circulating Tech

The Upper Dublin Public Library (UDPL) loans a variety of Circulating Tech. Circulating Tech is an extension of the UDPL STEAM Lab, enabling borrowers to experiment at home or on the
road. Please visit our Circulating Technology Page for information about tech tools currently available for check out.

Borrowing Eligibility and Requirements

  • Members must be 18 years or older with a valid library account in good standing.
  • Parent/guardians may check out devices for supervised use by children under 18.
  • One tool per card per checkout.
  • Checked out for one week and may be renewed if no one is waiting.
  • Circulating Tech must be returned to the UDPL, and to avoid damage, it is recommended that items be returned to a staff member rather than in a book return.
  • Failure to return the device on time will result in fines assessed at $5/day.

Borrower’s Responsibility

  • The borrower is responsible for preventing damage to or theft of the Library’s Circulating Tech.
  • Notify staff immediately of any problem with a Circulating Tech tool.
  • A borrower may be held responsible for the cost of a damaged or lost item or items, and charges may incur based on replacement value not to exceed $500.
  • The Library reserves the right to assess other charges for damage as necessary.

See additional instructions for use provided with each Circulating Tech.  For more information, please see our Circulating Tech Policy.

Computers: Can I save my files?

Patrons may save to the computer C drive but saved files will not be retained past next computer reboot. Patrons may also use USB drives (thumb drive) or portable hard drives as long as they do not install software on our computers. Unfortunately, our computers cannot burn to CDs or DVDs.

Computers: How long may I use a computer?

Computers are available for 45 minute sessions. If there are computers free, sessions will automatically renew in 15 minute increments. Computer use by patrons is governed by our Internet & Computer Use Policy and Guidelines.

Only juvenile cards may log in to the computers in the kids room. During times that school is in session, adults may use the teen room. Otherwise, the teen room is for teen use only.

Computers: May I print from the computers?

Yes. All patron computers print to the color copier. It can print on 8.5 x 11, 8.5 x 14 and 11 x 17 inch paper. Quarters, dimes, nickels, $1 & $5 bills are accepted. For change, see the circulation desk.

Prices are as follows:

  • Black/White 8.5×11: 15 cents per page
  • Black/White 8.5×14: 30 cents per page
  • Black/White 11×17: 30 cents per page
  • Color 8.5×11: 50 cents per page
  • Color 8.5×14: $1.00 per page
  • Color 11×17: $1.00 per page
Computers: What do I need to use your computers?

For regular use, a library card is required but occasional users, and out of area users, may request a guest pass from the front desk for full access.

Computers: What software is on your computers?

The library has 23 computers for use by the public. All computers have Internet access (Internet Explorer, Firefox & Chrome), MS Office 2010, including Word 2010, Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010 and Windows Media Player. Patrons can listen to sound with their own headphones or the library sells earbuds for patron use. For more information, please see our Internet and Computer Use Policy and Guidelines.

Copy machine: Does the Library have copy machines for public use?

The library has two copiers: one color & one black & white copier. Both can do copies on 8.5 x 11 and 8.5 x 14 and the color copier can do 11 x 17 inch paper. Quarters, dimes, nickels, $1 & $5 bills are accepted. For change, see the circulation desk.

Prices are as follows:

  • Black/White 8.5×11: 15 cents per page
  • Black/White 8.5×14: 30 cents per page
  • Black/White 11×17: 30 cents per page
  • Color 8.5×11: 50 cents per page
  • Color 8.5×14: $1.00 per page
  • Color 11×17: $1.00 per page
Fax: Does the Library have a fax machine?

We regret that we are unable to offer fax services in the library. In many cases, you may also scan and upload or email your documents, which we do offer. In cases where a fax machine is required, we usually send patrons to the nearest Fedex or UPS store.

Printing: Does the Library offer printing from your tablet or cell phone?

Yes! See our Wireless Printing page.

Scanner: Does the Library have a scanner?

The library’s main color photocopier can scan in black & white or color. Currently, scanning is free. Scanned files can be either saved to USB drive or to the scanning computer (next to the Print Release computer). Once scanned, files may be emailed, saved or uploaded. For more assistance, please see our scanning help document.

STEAM Lab at UDPL

For information on UDPL’s Steam Lab, you can see our STEAM Lab page.

T-Mobile Hotspots

Take your internet on the go! At Upper Dublin Library, you may check out T-Mobile hotspots, which will give you internet anywhere that is served by T-Mobile, including your home, parks, airports, hotels or on the road. All patrons who check out a hotspot must produce library card or ID before checking out.

Hotspot quick facts:

  • 7 day check out. Renewable and reservable through
  • $20 a day overdue.
  • Return in the Upper Dublin Library. Items returned to another library will be assessed the overdue fee.

Hotspot Help Sheet
Hotspot Policy & Agreement

Tech Tutoring – Does the library offer computer assistance for adults?

Yes! The library can assist you with common computer, tablet, and Smartphone questions.

Please visit our Tech Tutoring for Adults page for more information. 

Wi-fi: Does the Library provide free wifi?

Upper Dublin Public Library has two free unsecured wi-fi networks provided by Upper Dublin Township for public use. The network name is UD_Wifi_E or UD_Wifi_W. E (for east) is located in the adult & teen area. W (for west) is located in the children’s and quiet room area. If your device  can see both, West is usually less crowded.

There are no passwords required and, if asked, connect without setting up. For more information, please see our wireless instructions.