Sno-Isle Libraries has completed a major update to its public computing, printing and copying services.
Customers can still visit any library to use a computer or laptop. They can still print and make copies of documents.
Now, they also can hop on any open computer and log in using MyPC. Those without a library card may request a day pass.
Customers get a minimum of two hours of use, instead of the old two-hour limit. If no one else is waiting, the customer will get a screen prompt to extend the session by 20 minutes, up to 30 times to a maximum of 12 hours. If a wait list forms, the logged-in customer will receive several notifications that the session will end before the computer automatically logs off to allow a new user.
New combination scanner-printers at every library now allow customers to print wirelessly from their own laptop, tablet or smartphone. They can also use the printer’s scan feature and save images to a USB drive.
The new PaperCut remote printing portal lets any customer print anytime from anywhere.
Customers log in to PaperCut using their library account information. After clicking “Web Print,” the customer selects printing in black-and-white or color, selects the number of copies and uploads a file.
At the Arlington Library, the recent transition to MyPC and PaperCut went well, library circulation supervisor Debbie Adriance said.
“Customers love the idea they can print from home,” she said.
Librarian Amy Stefany helped Art Otto print a photo of him marching in the Arlington July 4 parade that was printed in the Arlington Times. Adriance has her own reasons for liking the scan feature. “I have a lot of old photos I need to scan and save,” she said.
Hannah Lobban of Arlington liked the new system. “That’s a generous amount of printing you get for seven dollars,” she said.