Equipment

In-Library Services and Equipment

In addition to free Wi-Fi throughout the building, the library offers the following services and equipment for use in the library:

Equipment Available for Checkout

The library offers the following equipment for checkout to patrons:

Technology Equipment Policies



Equipment Details

Children's Tablets

Children's tablets with pre-programmed literacy and STEM activities are available for checkout from the library. These tablets may be checked out for 7 days by adult patrons (age 18 and older) with a library card that is at least 3 months old, has no overdue materials, and has no fines. The patron's driver’s license must match the library’s records. Tablets may be renewed if there are no holds on the item.


Desktop Computers

The library has 12 desktop computers equipped with Microsoft Office for public use. 

West Fargo Public Library Card Holders

Patrons with a West Fargo Public Library card may reserve a computer at the self-service kiosk or by signing in directly at an available computer. Patrons will need their library card number and PIN (last name).

Visitors

Non-West Fargo Public Library Card holders may use a computer by presenting a valid ID at the service desk and agreeing to the Computer Use Policy form (PDF).

Children

West Fargo Public Library recognizes the right and the responsibility of parents to determine their child’s use of computers. Library staff will not deny access to computers on the basis of age, nor will they monitor children’s access to the Internet; this is the responsibility of the parents. Although the Library’s access to the Internet is filtered, no filter is foolproof, and parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their children’s activities.  

Time Limits

Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. General computer use is limited to one hour (15 minutes for the Express Computers). If you need uninterrupted access for a longer time period for a specific purpose (online classes, creating a resume, etc.), please inform staff at the Service Desk. It is often helpful if you call in advance to make arrangements, at 701-551-8940.

Storage Devices  

Saving files or software to the public computers is not permitted – all saved and downloaded files are deleted when the user session end and the computer reboots. If patrons need assistance saving documents, please ask a staff member for assistance to save files to a CD/DVD writable disk or thumb drive. Patrons should provide their own discs or flash drives.


Digital Cameras

Canon Power Shot digital cameras are available for 7-day checkout. These devices are restricted to adults (age 18 and older) with a library card that is at least 3 months old, has no overdue materials, and has no fines. The patron's driver’s license must match the library’s records.


Digital Piano

A Roland digital piano is available for public use during the library’s hours of operation. View the library's Piano Use Policy (PDF).


Faxing

The library provides incoming and outgoing faxing services for patrons. Fax fees are $1 per page sent or received. For outgoing faxes, library provides a cover sheet and does not charge patrons for faxing the cover sheet.

The library cannot guarantee that outgoing faxes have been received; the patron should check with the receiving party to confirm fax receipt.


Infrared Thermometers

Infrared thermometers can measure how much heat is being lost by pointing the device at a wall or drafty window. Available for 3-week checkout and may be renewed if there are no holds on the item.


iPads

iPads may be checked out for 7 days by adult patrons (age 18 and older) with a library card that is at least 3 months old, has no overdue materials, and has no fines. The patron's driver’s license must match the library’s records.Tablets may be renewed if there are no holds on the item.


Kill-A-Watt Meters

Plug in your appliance, TV, or DVD player into a kill-a-watt meter and you’ll instantly see how much electricity you’re using. Available for 3-week checkout and may be renewed if there are no holds on the item.


Laptops

Laptops are available for 90 minutes of in-library use and are equipped with Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop Elements. These devices are restricted to adults (age 18 and older) with a library card that is at least 3 months old, has no overdue materials, and has no fines. The patron's driver’s license must match the library’s records. The patron’s library card is held at the service desk while the laptop is in use.


Microfilm Machine

Available in the Historical Center, the microfilm machine can save images to a flash drive or disk or print images. Patrons must provide their own storage device.


Optical Magnifier

The library has an easy-to-use optical magnifier designed for people who have visual impairments (including "legal blindness") which make it difficult or impossible for them to read ordinary printed materials. It can be used for viewing photographs and for reading material ranging from books and newspapers to prescription labels. For in-library use only.

Our thanks to the L.S. Pierce family, for donating this vision aid.


Photocopying

Self-service photocopying is available at 10 cents per page for black and white or 50 cents for color.


Printing

Self-service printing is available at 10 cents per page for black and white or 50 cents for color.

The library also offers a wireless printing option for users to send documents to the library's printer from anywhere at any time to be picked up and paid for later during the library’s open hours.


Scanning

Three scanners are available for public use. Ask the Service Desk for information or help using these scanners. Scanners are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons may save scans to a flash drive or send them via email. Patrons must provide their own storage device.

  • KIC Scanner (public computers, lower level): Good for scanning documents, especially double-sided documents or documents with many pages. Also capable of scanning bound books.
  • Large Format Scanner (Historical Center, lower level): Good for scanning documents, photos, slides, and photo negatives. Must have a staff member present to use.


Wi-Fi Hotspots

Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots allow you to connect to the internet on a Wi-Fi-enabled device at home or on the go. Hotspots may be be checked out for 3 weeks by adult patrons (age 18 and older) with a library card that is at least 3 months old, has no overdue materials, and has no fines. The patron's driver’s license must match the library’s records. Hotspots may be renewed if there are no holds on the item. Reserve a hotspot in the library's online catalog.