Use a Computer at the Library

The High Plains Library District (HPLD) provides access to public computers and online information at its Branch library locations. Read the Policies and Guidelines for Internet Use.

A valid HPLD library card is required to use computers in the Library. If you live in the High Plains Library District service area and do not have a valid library card, apply online or at any library location. Out-of-town visitors may obtain an E-Access Card to access public computers. Please see staff for details.

Internet Access and Computers
Branch libraries offer computers with free Internet access and access to Microsoft products. Our computers run:

  • Windows 7
  • Office 2010
  • Adobe Flash v.19
  • Adobe Reader v.11
  • Microsoft Moviemaker
  • Java 8
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Chrome v.47

Reservations for a one-hour session may be made at any library location using the designated PC Reservation Station. HPLD uses PC Reservation to ensure equity in computer use. Internet usage is not tracked in any way. Express Internet computers are also available in some libraries for quick email or Internet searching. If no one is waiting, library card holders may extend their one-hour session for up to four hours per day.

All Internet sessions time out automatically at the end of a session.

Printing from Computers
Patrons will be allotted 200 free printing credits per month.

  • B&W = 1 credit; Color= 5 credits
  • $.25 for prints beyond the available credits
  • 2 sided = 2 pages of printing

For large or complex printing jobs, please visit a local print and copy store.

Instructions on how to view your print credit balance are available here.

We hope our patrons find this service convenient and request everyone please print responsibly. Thank you!

Some Alternatives to Printing

  • Take notes. It saves you money and conserves paper.
  • Email an article or website to yourself at your home, school or office computer.
  • Save your word processing document to a flash drive. For your convenience, some library locations sell flash drives.

Researching beyond the Internet
You can search the library’s online Catalog and online Databases and eResources through the HPLD website. Every library has dedicated computers set aside for searching the Catalog and Databases. No reservations are needed. The online Catalog tells you what materials the Library owns and how to locate them.

The Library also provides access to a variety of online Databases and eResources, including encyclopedias, magazine and newspaper articles, medical and health information, business resources, and reference information on science, literature, math, the arts and education. These online Databases and eResources contain information not available through search engines like Google or Yahoo. The information in these resources has been written and reviewed by professionals, and provide a wealth of free information on thousands of topics, for a variety of age levels. Many online Databases and eResources are also available for free from home, office or school with a valid library card and access to the Internet.

Most HPLD locations offer free wireless access to the Library’s WiFi network. Getting online is quick and simple. All you need is a wireless-enabled laptop computer, tablet PC or PDA. The Library’s network is open to all visitors free of charge and without filters. No special encryption settings, usernames or passwords are required.

Pick up the handy Using WiFi @ Your Library brochure at any library for troubleshooting and settings information.

Contact the library at 1-888-861-READ (7323) for more information.

Windows 10 and Office 2016 Announcement

Starting in October 2016 computers at the libraries will be upgraded to Windows 10 and Office 2016 . Visit some of the High Plains resources listed below to learn more.

Quick computer training clips - these clips are only a few minutes in length and get you a quick look at the latest software changes.

In-depth training - visit our Lynda online training for a deep dive into understanding many subjects.

Windows 10 and Office 2016