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PRINTING SERVICES

  • Printing from public PCs is $.20 per page.
  • Color copying and color printing are available at all locations. The charge is $.50 per page.
  • Easily print from your own Smartphone, tablet/laptop, or public PCs.
  • Use ePRINTIt or SmartALEC.
    • See details below.
ePRINTit
SmartALEC
      • Website
        • Login to your SmartAlec account from your device.
        • Upload documents from anywhere, not just at the library.
        • Print today, or items will be ready for you to print when you visit the library.
        • Upload documents from your computer using the "Choose File" button.  
          • Compatible formats: PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, CSV, TXT, HTML, RTF, JPG, PNG, and BMP.
    • FIRST TIME USERS

      • On the SmartALEC welcome screen, click First Time User.
      • Enter a valid email or phone.
        • If email or phone number is entered incorrectly, the message, "You must enter email address or phone number" will display.
      • Enter your library card and pin, otherwise, the system will generate one for you to use.
      • Click Submit.
      • Check your email for a confirmation message.
        • The ID and Pin will be sent to you either via email or text.
      • Make note of the ID and Pin. You can log in with this ID and Pin.
      • If incorrect information is entered, the message, "invalid login attempt" will display.
      • After a successful login, the account info screen will display. 

      REGISTERED USERS

      • On the SmartALEC welcome screen, enter library card and pin.
      • After a successful login, the Account Info screen will display.
      • From the Account Info screen, click Browse.
      • Navigate to and double-click the desired document.
      • Return to the Account Info screen.
      • Click Upload.
      • "File uploaded successfully" confirmation message will display.
      • The file is added to the list.
      • Click Preview to review document.
      • Click Delete to remove the document from the list.
      • Got to a Print Release Station to release and print the document.

      Here's a handy how-to guide with the above information.

    •  Click/tap on appropriate app store image.

       


WI-FI, FAX, SCAN, CHECKOUT DEVICES, CHARGING STATIONS, AND PUBLIC PCS

  • Wi-Fi is available both inside and outside our branches.
  • We offer fax and scanning services, as well as charging stations. 
  • Laptops, iPads, and Hotspots can be checked out. Some devices are limited to use inside the library. 
  • PCs are available for use. Time limits vary within our locations. 
WiFi FAQ
    • What is WiFi?

      • Wireless internet service.


      Why does CPPL have WiFi?

      • Added service for our patrons. 


      How does someone use the WiFi service?  

      • They walk in and their device (laptop or PDA) finds the network, then they click on their web browser, and accept the Electronic Resources Use Policy by clicking/tapping the Continue to the Internet button.


      Where?

      • Access the Wi-Fi network between 8 AM and 10 PM daily.
      • Wi-Fi is available at all library buildings with upgraded and improved parking lot Wi-Fi-boosted signals at the Central Library, the Epps Memorial Library, the Moss Bluff Library, and the Sulphur Regional Library. 


      Info regarding Email via the CPPL Wi-Fi 

      • We've shut down SMTP in order to protect our infrastructure and our customers from a SPAM engine being brought in.
      • If you have ANY software on your computer (other than a web browser) to read email, you are using an email client, and you WILL NOT be able to send email via the CPPL Wi-Fi.
        You will be able to read and receive it. You can also write an email and put it in a DRAFT folder to send later.
      • If you are ONLY in a browser, your email should work.


      Can't find CPPL's Wi-Fi access service on your computer?

      • We do suggest the tried and true step - reboot. 
      • You'll need a notebook/laptop computer or other wireless devices with 802.11b or 802.11g wireless networking.
      • Connect to the CPPL network.
      • Read the Electronic Resources Policy. Spanish version
      • Click the Continue to the Internet button located near the bottom of the splash page.
      • If your notebook/laptop computer or other device does not include wireless networking, you may be able to purchase a variety of external notebook/laptop PC cards and USB devices.
      • The manufacturer or supplier of your equipment or local technology merchants can help you find the right product for your notebook/laptop computer or other devices.
      • If using IE 7.0, you may have to initially install the CA certificate.
        • Click open website (not recommended), then click install CA certificate option located on the top left-hand corner of the screen underneath the wireless login area.
        • This is a one-time installation.
      • We've tried to make wireless access as available as possible in our branches, but you may encounter some "dead" spots in a library where wireless reception may be limited.
      • If you have trouble accessing the Internet or staying online, please move to a different location within the branch. 
      • The wireless internet access we offer is filtered.
      • By choosing to use this free service, you agree to abide by the Calcasieu Parish Public Library's Electronic Resource Use Policy.
        • Electronic Resource Use Policy - Spanish version
        • This policy states the limitations of internet access and your responsibilities for using that access.
      • The Calcasieu Parish Public Library's wireless network is not secure.
      • Information sent to and from your notebook/laptop computer or other wireless devices may be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software.
      • Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be made that you will be able to make a wireless connection.
      • The Calcasieu Parish Public Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library's wireless access.
Fax and Scanning Services
      • FREE service is available at all branches. 
      • Limited to outgoing fax services only.
      • We do not receive incoming faxes. 
      • Available at the Central Library, Sulphur Regional Library, Moss Bluff Library, and SWLA Genealogical & Historical Library.
      • These are coin-operated, and the document feeder can scan two-sided documents. 
Public Computers
      • All branches have PCs available for use either by library cardholders or via a visitor's pass.
        • If not a parish resident, ask staff for more details on using the Internet.
      • Sessions vary from either 1 hour or 2 hours, with a daily limit of 2 sessions.
      • Users must agree to the Electronic Use Policy to access the PCs.

      Included software

      • Windows operating system, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher), Adobe Reader, and various internet browsers. 


      Saving Files

      • USB flash drive; most flash drives work with public PCs.
      • Central Library sells flash drives for $5.
      • No burning to CD. 
CheckOut Devices
    • Check-out criteria

      • Adult with a CPPL card in good standing.
        • Exceptions: Temp Users and Out-of-Parish LSW users are excluded.
      • Parents may not use their child’s card for checkout purposes
      • Possess a VALID Louisiana Driver’s License or State ID.
        • Address on ID - current Calcasieu Parish address.
      • The account balance is $0.00.
      • Read and sign the Check-Out agreement form.
      • A $25.00 fee will be incurred if the item is returned to the book drop.
      • The full cost of the item will be charged if lost or not returned.
        • $1120 for a laptop, $620 for an iPad, and $220 for a hotspot.
      • $10.00 per day late fee.
      • Keep the inventory list with the device. Staff will need to review when the device is returned.
    • Apple iPad Air

      • This is limited to adults only. 
      • The check-out period is 7 days.
      • The overdue charge is $10 daily or $70 max.
      • This iPad cannot be renewed but can be placed on hold. 
      • Do not place the device in the book drop. If so, $25 will be charged. 
      • Find it in the library catalog.
      • Laptop kiosk - use within the library
        • Central Library
          • Dispensed from Laptops Anytime Kiosk.
          • Limited to adults, and use within the library. 
          • 2-hour loan and can be renewed one time with staff assistance. 
          • $5 per hour overdue charge; $45 max 
          • Find it in the library catalog.

        • Iowa Library
          • Dispensed from Laptops Anytime Kiosk.
          • Limited to adults, and use within the library. 
          • $5 per hour overdue charge; $45 max 
          • 2-hour loan and can be renewed one time with staff assistance.  
          • Find it in the library catalog.
             
        • Laptops - use outside the library
          • Check out for 7 days.
          • Limited to adults.
          • Holds may be placed on the laptop, but laptop can't be renewed after the seven-day checkout.
          • The overdue charge is $10 or $70 max.
          • Do not place the laptop in the book drop. If so, $25 will be charged. 
          • Find it in the library catalog.
      • T-Mobile Test Drive Hotspot

        • Checkout 1 device per card, and for 7 days.
        • No renewals.
        • The overdue charge is $10 daily or $70 max.
        • Can place a hold on the device. 
        • Service is only available in T-Mobile coverage areas.

        T-Mobile T9 Franklin Wi-Fi Hotspot - aka lucky day hotspots

        • First come, first served hotspots.
        • No waiting lists - not eligible for holds. 
        • Checkout 1 per card, and for 7 days.
        • No renewals and no holds.
        • Service is only available in T-Mobile coverage areas.
          • View if currently available at your favorite location.
      • USB charger dispensed from Laptopsanytime

    Charging Stations
        • Charge your smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.