Use a Computer

Gigabit Internet Upgrade at the Library

  • The Library will go live on a 1 Gigabit-per-second Internet connection on Friday, October 23, 2015. 
  • This will result in a 20-fold speed increase for users of public computers at all locations of the Library!

Reserve A Computer

  • You can make a computer reservation up to seven days ahead using our online reservation system or by calling (510) 981-6122.
  • You will need your valid library card and your PIN (Last four digits of your phone number from your library account).
  • We recommend that you make a reservation as our computers are very popular.
  • If you can't make your reservation, cancel using our online reservation system or by calling (510) 981-6122.  Three missed reservations (no-show) within seven days results in a week-long restriction of computer use from the first missed reservation.


  • Use our WiFi from your own laptop or mobile device.  Connect to 'BPL-Wireless' and use the password 'berkeley'.
  • Get all the details here.

Computer Use Details

  • You may use up to two hours of library computer time daily.
  • To make a second reservation in a single day, the first session must be used and completed.
  • Computers are available from opening until 15 minutes before closing.
  • Headphones are attached to every desktop computer. 
  • Although there is a drive for temporary storage during your use, it is recommended that you bring and use a USB flash drive for this purpose.

Laptop/iPad Lending Program

  • Checkout a Laptop/iPad for in-library use at all locations with a valid library card after reading the details and signing our Laptop/iPad Lending Agreement.
  • Laptops/iPads only work on the Library’s wireless system.


  • We have internet enabled computers for the sole use of children.
  • We also have at least one educational game computer for children at each location.
  • Children's computers require a valid child's library card to log on.  They are not reservable.
  • As with library materials, parents and/or legal guardians are responsible for any monitoring or restrictions to their child's internet use.

Printing and Downloading


  • To email from a library computer, you must use web-based email (such as gmail and yahoo).

User Responsibilities

  • Please report equipment problems to library staff.
  • It is illegal to physically or electronically modify computer equipment, or tamper with hardware or software (California Penal Code, Section 502 et. seq.)
  • Deliberate misuse of the computer or its components will result in loss of computer privileges; repair costs will be the responsibility of the user.
  • Violating another's right to privacy or harassing other users or library staff are prohibited, and will result in loss of computer use privileges.
  • The Library is not responsible for any loss or corruption of data or files resulting from use of public computers.
  • Each time a patron logs onto an Internet Access computer, they must agree to the terms of use.

Privacy Policy

Internet Use Policy

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