Computers & Technology

Public Computers

Each branch has public computers with access to the Internet, library catalog, information databases and Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
A desktop computer can be reserved for 30 minutes with a valid Gwinnett County Public Library card and Password/PIN. A computer session can be renewed for an additional 30 minutes provided another customer is not waiting. Computers begin the shutdown process 10 minutes prior to closing. Reservations and renewals are not available during this time.
 
If you do not have a library card you may request the use of a limited guest pass.
 
A parent may select an alternate Internet access option for the library card of their minor child. A minor without a library card can request the use of a guest pass that provides access to the library's catalog, databases, and additional educational and reference websites. Any child may play educational games on our KidiMac computers (no Internet access).
 
When you connect to any of the library's networks (wired or wireless), you acknowledge that you have read, understand and consent to abide by the Library's Internet Safety Policy. 
 

Free Wi-Fi

Free wireless internet access is available at all library branches.
  • The library's new SSID is "gwinnettlibrary" and requires no password.
  • The library's old SSID is "gcpllibrary". This SSID is being retired on 11/14/14. You will need to log in with the password: "gwinnett".
  • Printing is available from most Windows and OS/X laptops. Drivers may be found at printing.gwinnettpl.org
  • The wireless network is not secure. Information may be captured by anyone with a wireless device and appropriate software. The library urges you to use caution when sending private information, especially on websites that do not use SSL encryption.
  • You will need a notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device with 802.11b/c/g/n wireless networking.
  • Library staff members are not permitted to provide technical assistance to wireless users, and the Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of your equipment, security or data files.
If you are having difficulty connecting to GCPL wireless, you may try the following:
 

Wireless Printing

The library offers wireless printing via Envisionware's LPT1 service. Please note, this printing service will not work on all laptops or operating systems. Install the wireless driver on your laptop: Wireless printing driver.
 

Printing & Photocopying

Photocopying and printing from library computers in both color and black and white is available at all library locations. Library photocopiers and printers cannot be used with your personal paper, including photo paper, labels, or cardstock.
 
Copy & Print Prices by Size:
 
8.5 x 11 (letter) 8.5 x 14 (legal) 11 x 17 (tabloid)
B&W 15¢ B&W 30¢ B&W 30¢
Color 50¢ Color $1 Color $1
 
 
You can print from your laptop in our branches. After turning on your computer and accepting the Internet Safety Policy you will be given the option to download a small printer driver for use with our Print Management system. The printer driver is deleted when you reboot your computer. At this time, the printer driver is compatible with machines running Windows XP, Windows 7 & 8, or Mac OS X.
 
 
TechStudio & TechStations

Go beyond basic software and learn some new tricks with professional quality software for image and video editing, design, and media creation. TechStudio available at the Five Forks branch. Learn more here. TechStudio and TechStations require an adult (full-access) library card.

 
TechStations available at: Buford, Centerville, Collins Hill, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Hamilton Mill, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Mountain Park and Suwanee. 
 
 

Early Literacy iPads

Every library branch now provides Early Literacy iPads loaded with apps that enhance the learning experience for pre-readers and early readers. The Early Literacy iPads offer a multi-sensory tool for engaging a child in a creative, collaborative environment. Here is the list of selected ipad apps. Learn more about early literacy here.
 
 
 
 
Still have questions? AskGCPL.