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Use Computers & Technology

Cambridge Public Library


computer monitor icon   Use a Computer in the Library

  • All of our locations offer free access to computers you can use to search our online resources, connect to the internet, and print documents.


printer icon   Print & Scan Documents


Print at the Library

  • Printing is available at all Library locations.
  • Print wirelessly by uploading a print job at camb.ma/printcpl and retrieving your printouts from a wireless printing station (available at all Library locations). A card is required for remote printing.

Scan Documents

  • Scan documents to printer, email or USB drive.


vision accessibility icon   Assistive Technology 

  • The Main Library offers a desktop video magnifier and a Braille embosser. Please call the Tech Bar at 617-349-4425 for access.  
  • All Library Desktop PCs are equipped with JAWS (Job Access With Speech) assistive technology software that can read text to you. 
  • Please check out our Accessibility Services page for more information on assistive technology and other services offered at the Library. 

briefcase icon   Takeout Technology

The Cambridge Public Library has a variety of technology available to borrow for a two-week loan period with two automatic renewals if no one is waiting.

  1. Call to request a device. Have your library card number ready.

    Main Library: 617-349-4425
    Boudreau Branch: 617-349-4017
    Central Square Branch: 617-349-4010
    Collins Branch: 617-349-4021
    O'Connell Branch: 617-349-4019
    O'Neill Branch: 617-349-4023
    Valente Branch: 617-349-4015
  2. When your requested item is ready for pickup, we will call you and hold the item for 5 open days. You can pickup during our current service hours.
  3. Return your device to a service desk during our service hours. Takeout Technology must be returned to the same location you picked up the item.


Takeout Technology Items


Item Location Description
Chromebook All Library Locations Simple laptop computers to check email, watch streaming video, take online classes and more. You will need internet access to use a Chromebook.
Mobile Hotspot All Library Locations Simple devices that provide a wireless internet connection (Wi-Fi).
Portable DVD Player All Library Locations Portable DVD player with its own mini screen.
Region-Free DVD Player Main Library Portable DVD player for your region-free DVD viewing needs.
GoPro Hero 8 All Library Locations

A small, rugged, digital camera designed for capturing immersive action shots and video.

Phone/device chargers All Library Locations In-library use only. 
Laptop chargers All Library Locations In-library use only. 

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