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Where to find/use public computers

There are several options available when searching for a place to use a public computer.  If free use is a requirement, your best bet will be a public library.  Libraries provide patrons with opportunities to use computers and other devices (e.g. laptops, tablets, ebook readers, etc.) to access online resources such as library catalogs, research databases, ebooks, other digital content, and the Internet.  Patrons use library computers to create content including word processing documents, multimedia projects, email messages, and posts to social media and other websites.  In addition, libraries often provide wired and wireless public networks that allow patrons to connect using a personal device.  For more information regarding library privacy guidelines, please visit: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/privacy/guidelines/public-access-computer

The following businesses offer the use of computer rental stations:

Staples

FedEx Office

The UPS Store

Another option is an Internet Cafe.  An Internet café (also known as a cyber café) is a cafe that provides Internet access to the public. The fee for using a computer is generally charged as a time-based rate.