Public Computers

Public Computers are Available:

Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8:20 p.m.

Friday & Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.

General Information:

To use the Public Computers, you need a Rowlett Public Library card. Obtain a card at the Service Desk by showing your valid ID and proof of current address.

Before using the Public Computers, customers must sign a “Internet Release Form,” as part of their library card application (PDF), acknowledging that they understand the Library’s Acceptable Use Policy. Staff can help you create a pin number and update your library registration to allow you to use the Internet.

Youth under age 17 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign their Release Form.

Computers are available on a “first come, first served” basis. If there is an open computer, you may sit down and log in by clicking the word “Available” on the screen. If the computer screen says “Reserved”, another customer will be using that workstation at the time shown on the screen.

If there are no open computers, use the reservation station adjacent the Public Computers to reserve the first available computer. You will receive a printout listing the number of the Public Computer you can use and the time it will be available. You have 10 minutes after that time to activate your session or your reservation will expire. An on-screen timer will count down the amount of time remaining in the session.

When logging in with a reservation, type your library card number in the box at the top of the screen.

  • You need your library card # and PIN to use the Public Computers or to make a reservation.
  • You may not use someone else’s library card to access the Internet.
  • One person per workstation.
  • No food or drinks are allowed at Public Computers.


Headphones are available for purchase at the Service desk, or you may bring your own headphones. You must use headphones or mute the sound on the workstation when using the Public Computers.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

If you need assistance at any time, please ask at the Service Desk for help.


Black and white printing is $0.15 per page.

Color printing is $1.00 per page.

Downloading and Saving Files

You can download articles, information, or files to a portable USB drive for reading, printing, or use on your home computer. USB drives are available for purchase at the Service Desk.

All applicable copyright laws apply.

Security Issues

All the following activities are prohibited on computers:

  • Attempts to violate network security on the Library’s computers
  • Disruption of network services, including but not limited to the transmission of viruses
  • Actions prohibited by law, including viewing inappropriate images or graphics
  • Violation of copyright
  • Violation of software licensing
  • Loading software on library computers
  • Commercial activity

Violation of the Library’s Acceptable Use Policy will result in loss of computer privileges.


WARNING: Although the Library uses a virus detection program on all its computers, this will not completely eliminate the chance of getting a virus. It is strongly recommended that customers obtain a virus detection program for their home computers. The Rowlett Public Library is not responsible for damage to a customer’s USB drive, or loss of data that may occur from customer use of the Library computers.

Need Help?

The Library has a variety of computer books and DVDs which may be checked out.

Staff Assistance

Please ask at the Service Desk if you need assistance with the Public Computers.

Internet Filtering

The Library provides two levels of Internet access, filtered and unfiltered.

Filtered access limits access to certain websites. It may block some desired content. Some unwanted content may not be blocked.

Unfiltered access has no restrictions other than those provided by law.

In signing the "Internet Release Form", you will choose which level of Internet access you would prefer. Parents will choose this level for their minor children.