Public Access Computers and Wireless Internet
The Adult Services Department has 12 public-access Internet computers installed with popular software applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.):
- Ten computers are available for 1-hour sessions (limit of two sessions per day).
- Two “express” computers are available for 15-minute sessions.
Users must have a valid library card from Danville Public Library or another area public library. Users sign in at the Internet kiosk located across from the Adult Services Desk and are limited to two 1-hour sessions per day.
For those traveling through town who do not have a valid library card, the library can issue a day pass, up to a limit of 3 passes total. The library sells flash drives for patrons who wish to save their work.
The library also offers free wireless Internet access to people with laptops, tablets, phones, or other devices that access the Internet.
Print from your mobile device using our wireless printing service. You can pickup your print job at the Reference Service Desk on the 2nd Floor of the Library, or we can have it ready for you at Curbside Pickup. You do not need to be in the Library to send your print job, it can be sent from anywhere in the world. You do not need a library card to use the wireless printing service.
We are not currently charging for printing, but we ask that you limit your print jobs to 10 pages or less.
We recommend using the Mobile Print Portal to send your print job. The Print Portal should work on any device with a web browser without needing to install extra software.
You can also print emails by forwarding them to one of the email addresses below:
For Black & White Prints = firstname.lastname@example.org
For Color Prints = email@example.com
Learn Computer Skills
If you need help using computers, the library has several resources:
- Sign up for one of our free in-person classes. Each month we offer Basic Skills classes for beginners and Introductions to Microsoft applications.
- Visit DigitalLearn.org, a free website teaching 19 basic computer skills, including Using a PC, Intro to Email, Internet Privacy, Creating Resumes, Online Job Searching, Intro to Skype, and Intro to Facebook.
- For more advanced help, check out our database Gale Courses, which is free to anyone with a Danville Public Library card.
Equipment and Other Services Available for the Visually Impaired
The Closed-Circuit Television or CCTV, by TeleSensory, greatly enlarges printed matter and pictures, displaying them on a television screen. This machine aids patrons in reading newspapers, bills or photographs. This piece of equipment was given to the library in memory of Kent A. Eicher and is located in Adult Services, near the administration offices.
The Reading Edge or Kurzweil Reader allows users to scan up to 20 pages of text into the machine’s memory. A computer inside converts the scanned text into a spoken voice, which reads aloud to the user. It can scan columns, spell out words, and read at variable speeds. This piece of equipment came to the library through a generous grant from the Webster Foundation, and it also is located in Adult Services (it may be wheeled into study carrels for privacy).
Demonstrations of this equipment are available by stopping in at the Adult Services Department or by making an appointment by calling Adult Services at 217-477-5228.
- American Council of the Blind — job information, legislative action, sources for aids
- Described and Captioned Media Program — government program providing free loans of described and open captioned videos to persons with sensory disabilities, teachers, parents, and others. Over 7,000 educational and general-interest titles are available.
- Illinois Department of Human Services — information on IDHS services
- Macular Degeneration Foundation — information on a common vision problem
- Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center — free library service for anyone unable to read regular print because of a visual or physical disability. Books and magazines on tape and playback equipment; and also in Braille.
- National Federation of the Blind — links to other information sources
- National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) — free audiobook program sponsored by the Library of Congress