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Technology Services

We are delighted to provide the latest technology services you need, anytime and anywhere! Please see our Library Events Calendar for a listing of our current technology workshops.

iHelp Technology Service

Have a computer or gadget problem that you just can't figure out? Let the iHelp technology service staff help you with your technology needs. We offer computer and technology advice, operating system questions for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux, software recommendations including free and open source alternatives answered by our knowledgeable staff and much more. Visit us in person at our Central Library iHelp desk with all your questions, send us an email to [email protected] or give us a call at 905-831-6265 ext 6257.

The iHelp centre also provides access to three Apple iMac computers stocked with media creation software and two scanning kiosks:-

  • Use Adobe PhotoShop to create and edit photos and other pixel-based digital imagery.
  • Use Adobe Illustrator to create and edit vector-based digital imagery such as logos and other digital art.
  • Use Adobe InDesign to create and edit sophisticated print-based page layouts such as books, pamphlets and flyers.

Acknowledgment of Grant from Ministry of Tourism. Culture and Sport


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eBook and eAudiobooks

All titles can be found in the Library catalogue. Depending on availability, you will need to choose the route to download from our vendors here.

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Google Chromebooks Now Available for Public Use

A Chromebook is a personal computer running Chrome OS as its operating system. These laptops are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing "in the Google cloud", though there are a variety of apps that can be run offline. They are perfect for people who want to connect to the internet, work with Google Docs or use the multitude of available apps.

The Library Chromebooks can be used anywhere in the Library and may not be removed from the building. They are available at the Central Library and Petticoat Creek Branch for 4 hour loan periods within the Library. (4 hours per day, per card holder.)
please ensure to return borrowed Chromebooks by the time shown on your checkout slip to avoid fees. A fee of $1 per hour or part thereof, is charged for late returns.

Download the user manual for full instructions.

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3D Printer at Pickering Public Library

The Library has a LulzBot Mini 3d printer available for public use. The 3d printer can be found in the Central Library at the iHelp Desk.

The sky's the limit in terms of what you can print, so let your imagination run wild - anything from the Eifel Tower, to iphone cases and jewelry - all from a printer the size of a microwave!

The 3D printer can be used during open library hours, seven days a week and is available to all valid Pickering Public Library card holders.
The cost is $0.50 cents for up to 20 minutes.

Get more 3D printer facts.

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eReaders and Tablets

Have you just purchased a new eReader, Tablet or Smartphone and need some help getting started? Find a list of compatible devices which will work with library ebooks.

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Printing, Scanning and Faxing

Need access to a printer, but you also need to do some final edits to your document? Come to the Library - we can provide you with everything you need to get printing! If you have your own laptop, iPad or phone, we now offer Wireless Printing at the Central Library and Petticoat Creek Branch.

• Scanning

The Central Library has a flatbed scanner and a direct-to-usb scanner both for public use at the Central Library and Petticoat Creek Branch.

Scanning is available at 8 1/2 x 11 (Letter) and 8 1/2/ x 14 (Legal) and the documents can be saved as JPG or PDF on your USB drive. Scanning is free.

• Fax Service

The Central Library and Petticoat Creek Branches also has a fax machine for public use.

The following rates apply:-
$1 for the first page; 50 cents each additional page for local numbers.
$2 for the first page; $1 each additional page within North American.
$4.00 per page for International faxes.

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Computer Internet Access

Need access to computers with fast internet access? Come see us and we’ll help you get set up on one of 50 Library Computers! To access the Internet, you will need a valid Pickering Library Card and a PIN number, which is typically the last four digits of your phone number!

• Express Computer Stations

Need to check your email or social status updates in a hurry? We've got Express Computer stations that are convenient, ready to go and easy to use!

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Wifi Internet Access

Looking for a place to try out your new tablet, eReader or laptop or just looking for a quiet place to study with Wifi access? We have a robust and easy to use Wireless Internet service available for you.

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