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Olean Public Library Serving the community since 1871

Computer Resources


Due to the constantly changing nature of the Internet, the Library cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy or currency of information found. We cannot control these access points, which often change rapidly and unpredictably.

Internet Filters

The Olean Public Library uses ContentProtect Pro to monitor activity as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)] on all computers with Internet access.

Filters can be disabled upon request for adults—age 17 or older—for bona fide research or other lawful purposes only. Library staff will unblock erroneously blocked web sites upon request by minors.

Children and Computers

The Olean Public Library affirms the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their children's use of all Library resources, including the Internet.

Children's safety on the Internet is of concern to everyone. However, it is not the Library's policy to decide to what ideas your child should be exposed.

The Internet offers a wide variety of educational and entertainment sites, but it also contains materials which parents may find inappropriate for their children. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children's use of the Internet, and explain their personal values and expectations for use of this resource.

Parents need to understand that filters are not perfect. They cannot block every Web site that you might not want your child to see, and they may block helpful information. Even if filters were 100% effective, they are no substitute for parental guidance.

Library staff partners with parents guiding children in safe and appropriate use of the Internet. The Library has online and printed materials concerning child safety on the Internet.

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Olean Public Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, social networks, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

Tips for Children:

  • Always ask permission of a parent before providing personal information anywhere on the Internet. Personal information includes full name, address, telephone number, school name, or any password or credit card information.
  • Never arrange to meet in person anyone they have met online without their parents' permission.
  • Always tell a parent, trusted adult or Library staff member if a Web site or a message they receive makes them uncomfortable, or frightened, or they don't understand it.

Early Literacy Station

The Olean Public Library also offers the AWE Early Literacy Station computer as an alternative to the Internet. The Early Literacy Station is a dynamic all-in-one digital learning solution for children ages 2-8 that requires no Internet connection, so it is safe and secure. It features more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas.

Hardware and Software

The Public Access Computers (PACs) in the library were purchased in 2012 with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP).

The library has 12 PACs running Microsoft Windows 7 operating system located in the adult area computer center available to anyone with a valid library card on a first-come, first-served basis for up to two hours per day in one hour sessions. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult over the age of 18.

Two additional PACs in the children's area are available only to children ages 13 and under on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session lasts 30 minutes, but card holders are allowed a total of 120 minutes of computer time per day.

Library cards are issued free of charge (some restrictions apply). There is no minimum age limit to apply for a card. Click here for information on how to get a library card.

Each computer is configured with an Intel i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 23" LCD monitor, USB port, DVD± R Drive, standard keyboard and optical wheel mouse and headphones.

Patrons may transfer and/or save data to their own USB flash drives, cameras, mp3 players, CD/DVD recordable discs. Some devices may not be compatible with our computer configuration.

Installed Software
Broadband Internet Access
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
Microsoft Office Professional 2013
  • Access - a database program that allows you to store, retrieve, analyze and print information, managing large amounts of data.
  • Excel - a spreadsheet program that allows you to organize and revise data, calculate and compare numbers, and create charts and reports.
  • PowerPoint - a program that allows you to make presentation slides, outlines for your presentation, speaker's notes and audience handouts.
  • Publisher - a desktop publishing program that allows you to create professional looking publications including brochures, newsletters, greeting cards, signs, business cards, stationery and flyers.
  • Word - a word processing program that allows you to create, modify and format documents such as letters, resumes, reports, form letters and newsletters.
Additional Software
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader - reads pdf files often used to maintain an original document over varied digital devices.
  • WinWay Resume Deluxe - will guide you in creating a resume specific to the job you seek.
Other Computers

Photoshop computer is reserved for scanning and image manipulation. For scanning we offer an Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner. Software includes Adobe Creative Suite 6. USB ports and a DVD drive are available for patron to save their work.

Tutor computer center has 4 computers for use by library staff to provide one-on-one tutoring for patrons. These computers have Internet access and ZoomText assistive software to improve accessibility for people with vision loss. ZoomText magnifies and reads text on the screen. A network Epson GT 2500+ scanner can be used with ZoomText to scan and read documents.

Microfilm computer is attached to a Canon Microfilm Scanner 300/300II to allow patrons to save microfilm images in digital format. Also stored on this computer are Sanborn fire maps of Allegany, Olean and Portville. These computers run Windows XP with USB ports and dvd drive for patron use.


Public Access Computers connect to a network color laser printer located at the Information Desk. Printing is self-service from the Print Release Station located next to the printer.

Printing fees:

  • 15¢ for each black & white page
  • 75¢ for each color page


As a certified Wi-Fi ZONE we offer a fast and reliable Internet connection supporting 802.11a/b/g/n/ac protocols.

Wi-Fi Zone logo.

Use your own laptop or mobile device equipped with a Wi-Fi radio to access our wireless network. For information on how to connect your phone or mobile device to a wireless network, click here or review the instructions that came with your equipment.

Use of wireless access provided by the Olean Public Library requires agreement to abide by our Wireless Access Policy.

Printing From Wireless Devices

Priniting from your computer connected to the Olean*Public*Library wireless network requires the installation of a printer driver on your computer.

Find detailed instructions on how to install and connect to the library printer here (Hot_Spot_Printer_Installation.pdf).

You can download the driver for HP LaserJet Color M551 from Hewlett-Packard (HP). The printer address is

Apple devices that support AirPrint can print without the need to install drivers or download software. AirPrint enables instant printing from iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac. For more information, read this knowledge base article from Apple.

Retrieve your print outs from the self-serve Cassie Print Release Station located near the Information Desk in the library.

If you are unable to print through our SPOT system, you may also print from your smartphone, laptop, or tablet by visiting uploading or emailing your document on this page.

Accessibility Aids

ZoomText image. ZoomText is assistive software to improve accessibility for people with vision loss. ZoomText magnifies and reads text from the computer screen. You can use the attached scanner along with ZoomText to scan and read documents.
Pocketalker image. Williams Sound Personal Pocketalker Pro is available to assist people with hearing loss. “Pocketalker Pro is a versatile, high quality assistive listening device designed to improve communications in difficult listening situations. The Pocketalker Pro* delivers clear, distinct sound, while its large, manageable control provides for easy operation.”
Williams Sound System image. Williams Sound System can enhance participation in public programming by those with hearing loss.

Pocketalkers and Williams Sound System were made possible through a Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System “Computer Connections” project supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

*“The Pocketalker Pro is not sold, advertised, or intended for use as a personal hearing aid. Williams Sound recommends that any individual experiencing hearing loss be examined by a physician to determine the cause before using amplification.”

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