Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) offers patrons a number of free public computer access stations at multiple locations. In addition, PWPL provides free wireless access AT ALL LIBRARY BRANCHES.
Please visit our locations webapp to locate the closest computer station to you. It is important that you read and accept PWPL's Library Internet Acceptable Use Policy before using the device.
Library patrons must have their own equipment, wireless card, and any software needed to access the network. Wireless access is provided only during regular library hours. A patron's use of the service indicates acceptance of, and agreement to abide by, PWPL's Library Wireless Network Access Policy.
Wireless Network Access Tips
It is recommended that users disable WiFi Ad-Hoc mode and only connect using Infrastructure Mode. This will prevent your machine from connecting to an unknown computer.
If you have to use a credit card or enter passwords make sure the web site is using SSL. It will have a padlock icon on your browsers right hand corner as well as a HTTPS:// in the address.
To access the network, you will need a laptop, portable or mobile device with a WiFi compliant wireless network interface along with the appropriate software installed and properly configured. The network name is PWC-Public.
While operating systems vary, generally you should be able to “scan the wireless network” and then connect to the PWC-Public network. Once you have successfully connected you should be able to start surfing the Internet.
For specific information about how to configure your device and scan for the network, you will need to refer to the device and operating system documentation.
Through SmartALEC library cardholders can wirelessly print to library printers from their computer, laptop, tablet, phone, or other mobile device. Once the patron creates an account in SmartALEC, using their library card number and pin/password submit a print job, then pick up the job from a library print release station. Upload your document from any location and device. Read more about SmartALEC mobile printing.
PWPL's web catalog and Digital Library are available through WiFi during Library hours or remotely 24/7 through PWPL’s website: www.pwcgov.org/library.