Computers and Technology

Computers and Technology

Public Computers (Desktops)

The Medford Public Library offers computer and printer access in the Adult Services area on an appointment-only basis. The Youth Services area cannot offer computer access at this time. Appointments are for one hour for one person at a time. Because appointment spots are extremely limited, users must make an appointment in advance by calling 781-395-7950. Masks must be worn at all times, and users must follow social distancing, sanitizing, and other COVID-19 protocols in place.


Color single-sided only printing is available at $.25 per page, cash only. Envelopes and your own personal paper are strictly prohibited. Printing is currently only available from the public desktop computers.

Bring Your Own Device (Public WiFi)

The Library’s open wireless network is MedfordPublicLibrary. Note that just like Starbucks, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, Dunkins, etc., it is not a secured network, so please exercise caution with your electronic communications.


Laptops are available on a first-come, first-serve basis with a valid Minuteman library card and the signing of a loss prevention agreement. Laptops currently cannot print. Laptops are in-library use only.

Borrow a laptop for use inside the Library!

These laptops are general purpose machines great for email, web surfing, social networking, and word processing/office tasks.

For Additional Laptop Checkout Questions, please call 781-395-7950 for more info!

Laptops can be checked out at the Circulation Desk for use within the library only for 2 hours. There is a limit of two checkouts (4 hours) per person per day. A fine of $1 per hour will be charged for laptops not returned on time.

Laptops are checked out on your library card.  You must present a library card or show an ID so we can look up your card. Patrons with fines or fees over $10.00 may not check out the devices. You may not use a computer guest pass to check out a laptop.

Last laptop check out of the day will be one hour before closing. Users will be asked to return the laptops 15 minutes before closing. Users are liable for damage to equipment. There will be a $500 charge for laptops lost or removed from the building.

Library computers are located in public areas that are shared by library users of all ages, backgrounds, and values. We request that our computer users remain sensitive to the fact that they are occupying a public environment.

Laptop Checkout Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what time my laptop is due back?

When you check out you will be given a receipt with the checkout time on it.  Your checkout will expire two hours from that time.

Can I print from the laptop?

Remote printing is not available at this time. However, If you need to print something from the laptop, talk with the Reference Librarian about printing options.

Will my information be visible to the next person who uses the laptop?

No. Once a laptop is turned off, the memory is wiped.

Can I take the laptop out of the building?

No. Laptops are for in-house, in-library use only.

Can I reserve a laptop in advance?

No. Laptops are available on a first come, first served basis.

How old do I have to be to borrow a laptop?

Laptops are available for users sixth grade to adult.

How does wireless access work? Is it secure?

Wireless access to the internet is available in all public areas. Please be aware that wireless transmissions may not be secure. Cautious and informed wireless users should not transmit their credit card information, passwords or any other sensitive personal information while using any wireless “hot spot.”

~~~ Please call 781-395-7950 for more info! ~~~