Howard County Library Public Access Computers
Each of the Library's 300 customer computers feature free software.
The free software packages are offered with the expectation that customers already know how to use them or can easily learn them. The software was selected to provide full computing functionality, including word processing, Internet-based research, photograph and image manipulation, and audio playback.
As the Library adds and modifies the free software, it will build a curriculum and extensive catalog of software training classes. Customers with expertise and interest in any of these applications are welcome to help the Library develop hands-on training classes. If you are interested, please let any staff member know.
Why are the Library's computers different than my home PC (personal computer)?
What software is featured on the Library's computers?
Accessories: Use a calculator, take screenshots, or use basic programming tools
Education: Technology and education go hand-in-hand
Educational games cover such subjects as math, geography, and science.
Games: Learning is FUN!
Play solitaire, chess, mahjongg, sudoku, and 19 other games.
Child-friendly games: ChildsPlay, TuxMath, and TuxType
Graphics: Transfer photos, create charts, enhance digital images
Document Viewer: view multipage documents, including those created in PDF format
F-Spot: capture photos from a digital camera and save them to a file, Flickr, or Picasa
GIMP Image Editor: manipulate graphical images
YouTube video tutorial on GIMP
another online tutorial on GIMP
LibreOffice Draw: create and edit drawings, flow charts, and logos
Internet: Read email, browse the Internet
Howard County Library System Policy on Internet Use
Firefox: open source web browser
Chrome: freeware web browser developed by Google
Opera: free, but not open source, web browser
Meebo Instant Messenger: web-based, multi-protocol instant messenger
Additional programs: Google Earth
Office: Create a document, modify a spreadsheet, design a presentation, or balance your books
LibreOffice: word processing suite including formula creation and database tools
Scribus: desktop publishing software that can create "press-ready" output
Sound and Video: Listen to your iPod or MP3 player, play a CD, watch an Internet-based video
Players: listen to music, watch videos
Music Players: Amarok, Banshee Music Player, RealPlayer, Rhythmbox Music Player
Movie Players; Movie Player, RealPlayer, VLC Movie Player, Xine
Editors: edit music, record sound clips
Audacity: record and edit sounds
Management: move music to a iPod or MP3 player (including purchased MP3s from Amazon)
Orca Screen Reader and Magnifier: Make the screen display larger or have it read to you
File Browser: View the file structure of portable storage devices (floppy disc or USB device)
Preferences: Customize the computer the way you like
Help: Learn more
Logout: Exit the computer, discard all changes, and return preference settings to standard set up