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Public Computer Access

The Library offers a variety of computer-related services for all ages. Free wireless access is available throughout the Library via the PPLWIFI network. Users of the Library's machines may use their Plainfield Public Library card (Plainfield Residents), home Library Card (non-residents in MURAL or LMxAC locations), or Guest Pass (guest passes are restricted to individuals ages 18+ with a valid photo ID). Residents of North Plainfield and any other community whose libraries do not have an exchange agreement with Plainfield may obtain a Plainfield Public Library card for an annual fee of $35. The card is valid for one year from date of payment and allows users full access to the public computers and all Library services. Cards with more than $2.00 in fines/fees on the account will not be able to access the Public Computers.

Library cards and Guest Passes are non transferable. Only the person whose name appears on the Guest Pass log sheet, library card application, or in the library record in the case of MURAL and LMxAC card holders, may use the library card. Unauthorized usage will result in the confiscation of the library card. The true owner will need to retrieve the card from the library with photo ID. Please contact the Circulation Desk for more information.

All patrons receive one free page of B&W printing per person per day. All additional B&W printing is $0.20 per page; all color printing is $0.40 per page. Money can be added to your account at the Circulation Desk. Library cards and Guest Passes must be present in order to add money for printing. All public computer printing is on letter-sized paper.


The computers on the Library's main level are restricted to users age 14 and over. Session time limits for computer use on the main floor include one hour for the Public Access machines (Internet & MS Office access), and 30 minutes for our "Express" stations (Internet & MS Office access), The Library's Express computers (30 minutes) will be available for free guest passes all hours the library is open. In order to receive a guest pass a patron must show a current photo ID that indicates city of residence. Guest passes are available for Plainfield residents but they must show photo ID and their Library account must be in good standing. If patrons need time above their initial free 30 minutes they can request additional time at the Reference Desk. Patrons using their Library Card are allowed a total of 2 hours of computer use per day. All patrons under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian on file in order to use the computers.

  • 22 computers with free Internet access and Microsoft Office for all patrons 14 and older.

  • 2 public access stations for access to the card catalog.

  • 37 computers with word processing capabilities, with access to resume templates to aid in job searches as well as other features of the suite in our Job Search Assistance Center.

  • Access to subscription databases for specialized research, including auto repair manuals, magazine and journal articles, test preparation materials, and much more.

  • Free wireless internet access throughout the Library.

The Plainfield Public Library also owns a large scale 36" scanner/printer that is available for nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and the public to take advantage of, in order to print posters and marketing materials at a reduced cost. Two posters/prints per year will be provided free of charge to local non-profit groups.

Individuals or groups interested in having items printed must fill out the Printing Request Form.

Scanning services are also available on a by-appontment basis. Please contact the Library's IT Department at 908-757-1111 x127 for more information.


The computers on the Library's lower level are restricted to users age 13 and under. The session time limit for computer use in the Children's Library is one hour. Patrons are allowed a total of 2 hours of computer use per day. All patrons under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian on file in order to use the computers.

  • 10 computers with free Internet access and Microsoft Office.

  • 2 computers for access to the card catalog.

  • 3 AWE preschool computers.


The Library's Computer Labr offers FREE computer training. The Lab, with up to 15 terminals, is available to the general public and local businesses (users 18 years of age and older) for scheduled classes and open lab hours. If you would like to suggest specific topics, please contact the Head of Public Services at 908-757-1111, ext. 139.

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