Tech Central is the place at the Central Library to use a computer and get online, as well as use basic printing and scanning services. Located on the first floor of the Johnson building the BPL now offers twice as many computers as before, with 85 workstations for sixty-minute use and 20 for express use. In addition, the offerings at Tech Central have been expanded to include both Mac and Windows computers.
With their library cards, patrons can log into any available 60-minute computer workstation, or put themselves in the queue via a signup station if no workstations are available. New wall-mounted queue screens allow patrons to see their position in line more clearly. Tech Central also has upgraded accessibility options, with five dedicated computers that feature updated software, including a closed-circuit television, scanner, Braille embosser, and computers with JAWS 17, a screen reading program that converts text and pictures into audio.
For those patrons who are interested in developing their computer skills, the Johnson building’s new Tech Lab on the mezzanine will host a variety of computer-themed classes, including beginner- to intermediate-level computer classes and workshops on tablets, social media, and career resources.