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Internet and Computer Access

Need an on-ramp to the Information Highway?
Your library card will take you there! Port Hope Public Library offers free Internet access at both branches.

At the Mary J. Benson Branch you will find:

  • High-speed Internet access
  • A wireless hot spot - if you have a wireless device, you may access the Internet anywhere from within the building, just open your browser and choose 'public library'.
  • Computerized booking system that lets you use your library card to book and schedule your computer sessions up to two days in advance
  • 8 adult Internet stations
  • 2 Microsoft Office stations with Internet access for research and job searches
  • 2 Teen Machines offering Internet access in the Young Adult area
  • 3 Children’s Internet stations
  • 1 Early Literacy Station loaded with reading and math games for children aged 3 to 8 years old
  • 2 Genealogy Research Station with access to the Internet and the CemSearch cemetery record database
  • Microfilm printer-reader workstation with extra large monitor for viewing Newspaper pages
  • Microfilm reader, very low tech
  • 2 Library catalogue stations in the Adult Library
  • 1 Library catalogue station in the Children’s Library
  • Printing from all Internet and Word Processing stations at a charge of $0.25/page

It’s easy to book Internet or computer time.

  • Computer booking stations are available for children and adults on both floors of the Library.
  • Scan your library card at a booking station and choose an Internet or Research station.You can also make a computer reservation by phoning the Library at 905.885.4712. Please have your library card handy when you phone.

Choose the length of and type of session that suits your needs.

  • The adult, teen and children’s Internet stations offer 45-minute sessions for email, chat and surfing the Net.
  • The Microsoft Office stations offer 1-hour sessions for homework, research and employment searches. These stations also offer access to a disk drive, CD drive and USB port.
  • Internet and Computer users are allowed 2 sessions per day.
  • Computer sessions may be booked up to 2 days in advance.

At the Garden Hill Branch you will find:

  • 1 Internet station 
  • 1 Internet/Library catalogue station
  • Printing and photocopying at a charge of $0.25/page
  • 1 Early Literacy Station loaded with reading and math games for children aged 3 to 8 years old

You may make an advance booking for a computer at the Garden Hill Branch by phoning 905.797.2473.