Public Access Computers

Internet and PC Access

@Your Neighborhood Library

Both the Main and Branch library locations have computers and internet access available for use by patrons. Access to the Internet is free to the public at all Newark Public Library facilities. Procedures and session limits vary by location. There are time limits at most sites and you may be asked to sign up on a waiting list in order to assure availability to the greatest number of people.

If you are interested in attending computer classes, please go to this page Drop-In Computer and Job Search Assistance for current class offerings and downloadable flyers.


Wireless Internet

The Library’s high-speed Internet network gives you the freedom to use your Wi-Fi™ enabled laptop or wireless device almost anywhere in the Main Library at 5 Washington Street and at branch libraries.


Electronic Resources

The Newark Public Library provides electronic information resources beyond the Internet. These databases cover a variety of subjects: biography, business, civil rights, history, and more.

The public has free access to computers at the Library for:

Internet Access

Electronic Resources

Word Processing

Access to the Internet is free to the public at all Newark Public Library facilities. Procedures and session limits vary by location. There are time limits at most sites and you may be asked to sign up on a waiting list in order to assure availability to the greatest number of people.

For those who wish to avoid material they find offensive, the Library offers filtered access to the Internet in children’s areas of the Library. See the Library’s Internet Use Policy and Regulations Governing Public Use of Computers and the Internet for more information.

To locate a Web site pertinent to your information needs, see the Library’s Guides to Selected Internet Sites. If you do not find what you are seeking on the Internet, ask a librarian for help. Library staff have excellent searching skills and they can help you locate the best sources—on the Internet, in databases, or in print—for what you need.

The Newark Public Library provides electronic information resources beyond the Internet. These databases cover a variety of subjects: biography, business, civil rights, colleges, history, literature, science, and more. Also available are online encyclopedias, and magazine and newspaper indexes with many full-text articles. Some resources are available in Library buildings (at the branches and at the Main Library’s public service points, including reference areas and the Victoria Technology Center), while others are available both at library locations and—for Newark Public Library cardholders—wherever they have Internet access.

Your library card or your guest pass, available in the Victoria Technology Center (VTC), act like a debit card to be used as a tool for printing after you add money to your account. Printouts are $.15 per page for black & white and $.45 per page for color.

For information about more subject specific electronic information resources, contact the Reference Center at 973-733-7779.

Microsoft Office is available on Computer Desktops.

Because the Library receives federal funding for public Internet access, federal law requires the library to install blocking software on the library's Internet terminals. The blocking software, or filter, is intended to protect against access to Internet material that is obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors. The filter is imperfect and technologically limited, however, and so it may block access to some constitutionally protected material on the Internet and may fail to completely block Internet material that is obscene, child pornography or harmful to minors. As the law requires, the library will provide unfiltered Internet access to persons 17 or older who request it for bona fide research or any other lawful purpose.