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    WiFi Access

    Each Santa Monica Public Library location offers free wireless Internet access during its regular operating hours. Please note that WiFi service at the Library is not secured and is used at the individual's own risk. It is recommended that sensitive information not be sent through this network, even if your mobile device is equipped with encryption and/or firewall capabilities. As of February 8, 2016, the Library no longer provides public Ethernet connections.  

    Catalog Stations

    Each Library location provides Cataloging Stations that offer access to the Library's online catalog and over 30 premium subscription databases. 

    Research Stations 

    The Main Library has 12 Research Stations located near the 2nd Floor Reference Desk. These stations provide access to the Library's online catalog, subscription databases, Microsoft Office 365 applications (including: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint), and Google Cloud applications (including Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides).

    15 Minute Express Stations 

    The Main Library has 2 Express Stations located near the Information Desk. The 15 Minute Express Stations allow for quick and convenient Internet access, such as for printing a resume, responding to an important e-mail, or looking up a map or other internet resource. These stations are limited to 1 use per person per day. The stations are equipped with the latest browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge) and latest plugins running on Windows 10. 

    Internet Stations

    Each Library location provides Internet Stations which are available to members with a valid Santa Monica Public Library Card or anyone with a Computer Pass. The Internet Stations are equipped with the latest browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge) and latest plugins running on Windows 10. They provide access to Microsoft Office 2017 application including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. These stations are capable of playing video and sound, including DVDs and CDs; headsets can be borrowed with a valid Library Card.

    Internet Stations are managed by a reservation system but are frequently available on a walk-in basis. Learn more about the policies and procedures for Internet Stations. 

    Teen Stations

    Each Library location reserves some of the Internet-enabled stations for use by teens. Teen Stations are available for use by teen (13-18) members with a valid Library Card. These stations are equipped with the latest browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge) and latest plugins running on Windows 10. They also provide access to Microsoft 2017 application including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. These stations are capable of playing video and sound, including DVDs and CDs; headsets can be borrowed with a valid Library Card.

    Children's Stations

    Each Library location reserves some of the Internet-enabled stations for use by children. Children's Stations are available for use by child (0-12) members with a valid Library Card. These stations are equipped with the latest browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge) and latest plugins running on Windows 10. They also provide access to Microsoft 2017 application including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. These stations are capable of playing video and sound, including DVDs and CDs; headsets are available.

    Awe Early Literacy Stations

    Each Library location provides Awe Early Literacy Stations which offer access to educational games and activities for young children.

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