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Computers & Technology


    • The Library desires to offer community access to new and emerging technologies such as 3D printers to inspire a new interest in design and help the community to bring their ideas to life. The Library’s 3D printer is available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.  More information about the 3D Printer

    • There are many free and low cost CAD software programs and open source 3D files available online.  Some suggested sites are:

      3D Slash

      Blender

      Clara.io

      Meshmixer

      Onshape

      Sculptris

      SketchUp

      Thingiverse

      Tinkercad

    • 3D printing is available for Highland Park Public Library card holders only.  Files must be in .stl, .obj, or .3mf format only.  See our submission procedures.

      SUBMIT A PRINT

    • The Library's Digital Media Lab offers the space, equipment, and software for you to get creative with video, music, graphic design, 3D scanning, and more. Bring your ideas to life! Learn more.view of equipment in the digital media lab

    • The Computers and Technology Department offers classes for all ages.  Most classes are open to both Highland Park residents and non-residents.  See our upcoming events.

    • You may bring your device to the Computers & Technology desk for quick assistance with basic technology issues such as accessing wi-fi, library app issues, logging in to our catalog etc.  More more complex issues consider our Book a Librarian service.

    • Book a Librarian is a service for Highland Park Public Library adult cardholders by appointment with a librarian for a one-to-one customized help and skill-building session. This free service is best used for complicated questions that require time beyond the general assistance and for more in-depth instruction on how to use the library's catalog, databases, digital resources, and the Internet. 

      More Information

    • Library U is a continuing adult education program made possible by the generous support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund. Advanced registration and payment are required. See a list of this season's Library U classes.

    • For security purposes we cannot see your password. You will need to reset it.

      Click here then type in your library card's barcode number and click on Submit.  A password reset message will be sent to the email associated with your library card.  Make note of the numerical password in the email and click on the url.  Log in with your library card number and the emailed password.  Click on Change Logon, check the Change Password box, Type in the emailed numerical password and then your new password and click Save.

      Alternatively, you can bring your card and photo ID to the check-out desk and reset your password there.

    • During Phase 1 of our 2020 Remodel, study rooms can only be reserved over the phone or in person.
      To make a reservation please call: 847-432-0216 x 150

We are your neighborhood technology center.

  • Get help navigating that new gadget
  • Find a computer to use when yours is in for repair.
  • Access the latest technologies like 3D printing, augmented reality headsets, and mobile webcams
  • Use our Digital Media Center to transform your old media such as photos, slides, or VHS tapes to the latest formats.
  • Borrow a projector for your next meeting.
  • Develop a website or create a podcast. 
  • And much more.

    You can do it all at the Library. Contact our Media Services Department at 847-681-7032 for your technology needs.
    • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) access is available throughout the library.

      • Our open network is HPPL. No password is required. 
      • A secure network, HPPLS, is also available. Ask for the password at any service desk.


      Learn more about securing your mobile device & understanding security on the Internet.

      By using our Wi-Fi, you agree to the terms of our Internet Access Policy.

    • The Adult Services computer lab offers Internet access, Microsoft Office, scanning stations, and a printer. All you need is a library card. Computers in the Adult Services area are open to anyone in high school or older.

    • The Youth Services computer lab offers Internet access, Microsoft Office, and a printer. All you need is a library card. The Early Literacy area has iPads and AWE Learning stations with educational software and apps. Computers in the Youth Services area are open to anyone age 14 and younger.

    • The library has several laptops with Microsoft Office which can be checked out for in-Library use at the Computers and Technology desk.

    • To send print jobs from your laptop or home computer visit Highland Park Public Library’s PrinterOn

      • Black and white printing costs 10¢ per page
      • Color printing costs 25¢ per page
      • Print jobs can be retrieved up to 15 minutes prior to closing time the day they are sent
      • Print jobs not retrieved prior to closing will be deleted from the queue
      • Retrieve print jobs from the computer lab printer in Adult Services
    • To print an email message or attachment, simply forward your email to

      Black and White:
      hppl-library-bw@printspots.com

      Color :
      hppl-library-color@printspots.com

      You will be sent a release code for the email message and each attachment. Use these release codes to retrieve your documents.

      • Black and white printing costs 10¢ per page
      • Color printing costs 25¢ per page
      • Print jobs can be retrieved up to 15 minutes prior to closing time the day they are sent
      • Print jobs not retrieved prior to closing will be deleted from the queue
      • Retrieve print jobs from the computer lab printer in Adult Services
    • The Highland Park Public Library offers access to the Internet, a worldwide electronic information network. It is offered in support of the Library's mission to provide materials, resources, and services to help community residents obtain information to meet their educational, professional, cultural, and social needs. The Internet presents the Library with an unprecedented opportunity to fulfill its mission by expanding the scope of information available to community residents.

    • As Internet resources are "global" in nature, the Library does not, and can not, control the information available.

      The Library encourages patrons to evaluate carefully the information obtained via the Internet. While there are many highly dependable and useful sources, other sources may be unreliable, inaccurate, or out-of-date. Some sources may be offensive or controversial. Library staff is available to assist users in making judgments about the reliability or currency of certain types of information and sources, but cannot provide a definitive analysis of particular sources.

      • As with all materials, Library staff will help patrons locate sources of useful information, as well as recommend age-appropriate materials for children.
      • The Library is not responsible for any direct or indirect damages which may arise in connection with a patron's use of the Internet.
    • It is the Library's view that patrons should be free to select the sites which they deem appropriate to their needs.

      Internet content is protected by the First Amendment which guarantees the freedom of speech. The Library does not use filtering software for information content. Individual users have the right to define what material or information is consistent with their personal beliefs.

      The Library does not deny access to electronic information networks based solely on age. Parents are encouraged to monitor and supervise their children's use of the Internet and to discuss with their children issues of appropriate use and network safety.

      Patrons are prohibited from damaging or altering computer equipment or software or connecting their own hardware to the library's data network; violating system security; violating licensing agreements; using the network to harass other users; violating a Federal or State law including, but not limited to, accessing material that is obscene or child pornography as defined by the Illinois Criminal Code, 720 ILCS 5/11-20 & 720 ILCS 5/11-20.1.

      The use of the Internet falls under the Library Behavior Policy.

    • The Library may set procedures to assist staff and patrons in the use of electronic resources. Such procedures include, but are not limited to, the following: time limits for access; limits on the use of e-mail and chat rooms; cost recovery for printouts; specific instructions for downloading; restrictions on the use of personal software on Library computer equipment; restrictions on the use of the workstations for other purposes.

      Use of the Internet in the Youth Services Department is limited to children age 14 or younger.

    • Violation of any aspect of this policy (or of established Library procedures) may result in loss of Library privileges.