Computers and Internet Access

public computer station

Computers, Printers, and Copiers

Bellingham Public Library locations have the following equipment available for public use:

  • Computers with access to online catalog and online databases
  • Computers with Internet access equipped with Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word
  • Black and white printer (15 cents per page)
  • Color printer (Central only; 50 cents per page)
  • Black and white copy machine (Central and Fairhaven only; 15 cents per page)
  • Microfilm equipment with capability to download, export, or print (Central only)

Internet Access

Visitors with a Bellingham Public Library card or Whatcom County Library System card may use a library computer with internet access for 90 minutes a day. You can reserve a computer for up to a week in advance either online or at the Library’s Internet Reservation station.

Wireless Internet Access (WiFi)

  • Available at all library locations
  • No library card required
  • Not guaranteed to be secure (use at own risk)
  • May require battery operated devices (outlet availability is limited)
  • Requires patrons to configure their own devices to connect

To connect to WiFi:

  • Network name =  COBPUBLIC
  • No password required
  • After connecting, open a web browser and accept the Terms of Use

For more information, see our Wireless Internet Access Brochure.

Adaptive Equipment

All Internet computers have a folder on the Desktop called Accessibility Tools and contain the following programs:

  • Magnifier: a display utility that makes the computer screen more readable for people who have low vision.
  • Narrator: a text-to-speech utility for people who are blind or have low vision.
  • On-Screen Keyboard: an accessibility utility that displays a virtual keyboard on the computer screen that allows people with mobility impairments to type data by using a pointing device.

Patrons with sight or hearing impairments may use the following at the Central Library:

  • D-Link Videophone: allows patrons to use sign language to communicate with videophone relay operators, local agencies, friends and family
  • Closed Circuit Television magnifier (CCTV)


The Central Library offers microfilm equipment with viewing, printing, and exporting capabilities. The microfilm equipment can be reserved for two hours of use per day; to reserve the equipment, please contact us.

Tech Help

See our Tech Help page for options to improve your technology skills.