Public Computers

Public Computers

The Grand Rapids Public Library has public computers available at all locations. 

To use a computer, you need a valid library card. Temporary guest passes are available for users who are visiting from out of town or don’t have a library card. Computer sessions are limited to 1 hour at all branch locations and 2 hours at the Main Library

All public computers offer:

  • Libre Office, an open source software that is free for the library to use. This software includes word processing, spreadsheets, and multimedia presentations. 
  • Microsoft Word is offered on select computers. See a staff person for details. 
  • Google Chrome for web browsing.
  • A variety of other software for photo editing, video viewing, and other applications.

Other information:

  • Sound: Headphones must be used to listen to audio. A patron may bring their own or purchase headphones at the library.
  • File storage: Computer files can be saved on a USB Flash drive. Flash drives are available for purchase at the library.



Both black & white and color printing is available. Services are free and limited to 50 pages per week. Double-sided printing is considered two pages. If you exceed 50 single-sided pages or 25 double-sided pages, you’ll pay $0.15 per page for black and white prints and $0.50 per page for color prints. Faxing and scanning are free.

Jobs are queued before printing so they can be previewed before incurring any costs. Find out how to use the printing system in the Library.

Laptop Connections and Wi-Fi service

Free wireless (802.11b/g) access is available in all 8 library locations. 
The library’s public WiFi network is called ‘GRPL_Public’.

The Grand Rapids Public Library reserves the right to terminate network connections in accordance with Library policies and Federal, State and local laws.