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Technology at the Library
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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 New Media Department at 847-681-7032 for your technology needs.
The Library has a Lulzbot TAZ5 3D printer available to all Highland Park residents. Learn how you can use the printer as well as receive information about our 3D printing programs and workshops. > Discover 3D Printing
Our computer labs offer Internet access, Microsoft Office, scanning stations, and printers. All you need is a Highland Park Public Library card. Computers in the Adult Services area are open to anyone in high school or older. We also have several computers specifically configured for kids in our Youth Services department.
Digital Media Lab
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! > Discover the Digital Media Lab
Access My Library (AML)
Magazines, journals, encyclopedias, how-to guides, Business Insights, National Geographic, Science in Context and more!
Provides access 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Brainfuse is our online tutoring provider. Brainfuse is available FREE 24 hours a day to all Clarendon College students. Students and Brainfuse tutors communicate in real-time through an easy-to-use online classroom. Spanish- speaking tutors are also available.
The Cloud Library is a new way Highland Park Public Library cardholders can check out eBooks. Now you can check out a book on an iPad, take notes while reading on a PC, and finish the book on an Android phone or Nook HD.
Borrow popular movies, music, audiobooks, and television shows from the library and play them on your mobile devices.
Films ranging from documentaries, indie and foreign films, must-see classics and blockbuster movies.
Libby is the new app from OverDrive designed to simplify the process of checking out and downloading books from the library.
With Mango Languages’ Library Edition App you can get free access to over 30 foreign language courses and 14 English courses taught in the user’s native language. Library card required.
A mobile app for use with My Media Mall ebooks and e-audiobooks.
Printing app enables library visitors to print from their devices.
"RBdigital is the ultimate app for magazine lovers, with digital magazines for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac & PC."
ReferenceUSA is the premier business and consumer reference and research tool offering instant, real-time access to in-depth information on millions of U.S Businesses and Consumers.
Helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings.
The Silhouette Curio is the perfect machine for those who love to diversify their creativity. In conjunction with Silhouette Studio software, the Curio can be used for stippling, etching, debossing, embossing, and more.
- Cut custom designs out of paper, cardstock, vellum, vinyl, fabric, stencil material, and more
- Add embossing or debossing textures to soft papers, vellum, and other delicate materials
- Sketch intricate, multicolor designs
- Register and cut printed materials
- Create beautifully etched metal
- Embellish foils and metals with unique stipple patterns
- Create one-of-a-kind stippled ink projects
Supplies (paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, etc.) are not included. The Silhouette Curio is to be used in the Digital Media Lab. Call the New Media department at for scheduled assistance at 847-681-7032 or ask a staff member at the Computers and Technology desk.
Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) access is available throughout the library. Simply log on and select "HPPL" as your wireless connection; no password required. A secure network, HTTPS is also available. Ask for more information 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.
Visit Highland Park Public Library’s PrinterOn to send print jobs from your laptop or from computers outside the building.
- Black and white printing costs 10¢ per page.
- Color printing costs 25¢ per page
- Retrieve print jobs at the computer lab in Adult Services.
The Internet and the Library's mission
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.
Global nature of the network
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.
Breach of policy
Violation of any aspect of this policy (or of established Library procedures) may result in loss of Library privileges.