Technology

Computer Access

Computers at the Dorchester, Glencoe, Lucan and Parkhill Libraries will be available on a first come, first served basis, during all open hours. Use will be limited to 30 minutes.

There will be a limited number of seats at locations open for in person service reserved for WiFi usage for those with their own device. Use of these areas will be limited to 30 minutes. 

WiFi is available at all 15 of locations, even when branches are closed.  Patrons are welcome to use WiFi from outside of the library if able to so.

Computer appointments will continue to be available at the Komoka Library.  Book an appointment now.

Mobile WiFi Hotspots

Hotspots are connected to a cellular network and can be used with any wireless device.  Due to data limits, not all websites and apps will be available for use; ask staff for more information. Borrowers must be 18+ with a valid Middlesex County Library card.  To learn more about how hotspots work, check out our getting started PDF. 

Call 519-245-8237 for assistance, or reserve using our online catalogueHotspots must be picked up at the owning library (look for your desired pickup location when placing the hold). They are currently available in Strathroy, Dorchester, Glencoe, Lucan and Parkhill. Hotspots loan for 7 days, and can be renewed once if no one else has requested.  

Creative & Maker Spaces

Limited access to the spaces in both Dorchester and Glencoe is available; please contact the branch directly for more information. The Dorchester Library can be reached at 519-268-3451, the Glencoe Library can be reached at 519-287-2735.

There is no cost to use any of the technology. At this time consumable materials, except for printer paper, are available free of charge in limited quantities. Printer paper for the large format printer is $0.15 per foot of black and white, and $0.25 per foot of colour. You are welcome to bring your own materials for use with the button makers, Cricut and vinyl cutter; please verify compatibility with staff before use.  At this time patrons are unable to bring their own filament for use with the 3D printers.

Dorchester Creative Space Technology

  • Ultimaker 3D Printer (by request)
  • 2 computers with the full Adobe Creative Suite
  • 2 iPad Pros
  • 2 Apple Pencils (by request)
  • Vinyl Cutter (currently out of order)
  • Button Maker (by request)
  • Rapid Photo Scanner
  • Light Box

Dorchester Creative Space Brochure

Glencoe Maker Space Technology

  • Ultimaker 3D Printer (by request)
  • Windows PC with the full Adobe Creative Suite
  • iMac with the full Adobe Creative Suite
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 (by request)
  • Button Maker (by request)
  • Rapid Photo Scanner
  • VHS to Digital Conversion (by request)
  • Full Colour Large Format Printer 

 


Computers & Internet

  • All Middlesex County Library branches offer free desktop computer use and WiFi access.
  • All public computer stations are equipped with Microsoft Office and are connected to the Internet.
  • Early Literacy stations or iPads are also available in some branches. Both are preloaded with educational games for children. Currently unavailable.
  • Scanners connected to public desk tops are available in some branches. All branches offer scan to email from their photocopiers.
  • Microfilm readers and collections are available in some branches.  Learn more on our Local History pageCurrently unavailable.

Printing, Faxing & Photocopying

Printing, photocopying and faxing will be available for patrons visiting open branches, and during computer appointments at the Komoka Library.

We will continue to offer our printing service at branches offering curbside pickup, and to assist with keeping visits to open branches brief.  To utilize the print service, simply complete the online form and upload your documents. Please wait until you are contacted by the library to visit to pickup your prints.

As of July 26, Middlesex County Library will resume collecting fees* for these services.  Payments can be made in cash or by cheque.  If you are a Middlesex County Library cardholder, charge may also be applied to your account and paid online.

  • Black & White Prints/Copies - $0.15 per printed side 
  • Colour Prints/Copies - $0.25 per printed side
  • Local Faxing - $0.50 per page 
  • Long Distance Faxing - $1.00 per page 
  • Scan to email available free of charge

*Fee exemptions are available for items related to government services, social services, legal aid, partnership programs and employment services. Please verify exemptions with staff.


digital collections and eResources help

For additional help, visit our Digital Collections Help Page

CloudLibrary (eBooks and Digital Audiobooks)

Getting started with the cloudLibrary app (on your Apple or Android mobile device)
Getting started with cloudLibrary desktop (on your PC or Mac computer, transfering to an eReader)
Getting started with cloudLibrary for Kindle Fire & HD

Getting Started with Kanopy (stream high qulaity movies and television)

Getting Started with Axis360 (our digital 'Quick Picks' collection for eBooks and digital audiobooks.)

Getting Started with Udemy (online courses)

Getting Started with Press Reader (Newspapers and Magazines from around the world in multiple languages)
 
Hoopla Quick Tips (stream TV and movies, eBooks, Digital Audiobooks and Graphic Novels)

Getting Started with Creativebug (video classes on crafting and making)

Getting Started with Mango (language learning)

Using Zoom (free video conferencing software)

how to log into the library's free WiFi network

using Gale Courses

using Consumer Reports​