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

Ports 25, 445, 1214, 3689, 6667, 6699 are blocked to improve security. For more info 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.