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Library upgrades computer service

The Evanston Public Library has upgraded its wireless internet service and added new computers at the main library downtown.

Library officials say the wireless upgrade will provide faster Internet connections, fewer dropped connections and more consistent access on all floors.

The Evanston Public Library has upgraded its wireless internet service and added new computers at the main library downtown.

Library officials say the wireless upgrade will provide faster Internet connections, fewer dropped connections and more consistent access on all floors.

With funding from the city’s capital improvement program, the Information Technology Division has made significant improvements to the computer network infrastructure at the Main Library.

"State of the art wireless access points have been installed throughout the main library. These access points will increase the types of clients they can accept and give Library customers better Internet stability and speed," Library Director Mary Johns said.

Twenty-five new replacement computers were installed in the children’s room on the first floor, the training room on the third floor and the public computer area on the third floor. Some of the older PCs were re-purposed to be catalog stations elsewhere in the library.

An online computer reservation system is now available in the children’s room as well as on the second and third floors of the library. The reservation system replaces the handwritten method of signing up for computer time.

Customers register to use the computer and the reservation system monitors the time and manages printing functions.  

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