Get tech help, use computers at Library computer labs

by on August 29th, 2012

The Iowa City Public Library is dedicated to helping the public gain access to technology, and then offering support in using it in day-to-day life. Tech Help @ ICPL, Senior Tech Zone @ ICPL and Tech Zone @ Pepperwood offer the public a variety of times and locations for computer help or open computer use this fall and winter.

ICPL Computer Access Hours at Pepperwood Plaza:
Thursdays, 3-6 p.m.*
No library card required. Guests will be asked to sign-in before using a computer station. The free computer access site is located on the southeast side of Iowa City, in Pepperwood Plaza, inside the Iowa City Police Department Substation at 1067 Highway 6 East, Pepperwood Plaza, Iowa City.
*Tech Zone @ Pepperwood will not be open on the third Thursday of the month.

ICPL’s free computer access site on the southeast side of Iowa City will offer open computer use on Thursdays this fall from 3 to 6 p.m. This facility provides 10 Internet and database access computers and a printer for public use one afternoon a week. So far, visitors to the off-site computer lab have come in to use the computers to pay bills online, check email, print documents or access the Library’s large collection of free online resources.

Studies show 37 percent of lower-income households, and nearly half of adult Americans without a high school diploma don’t use the Internet. Thirty percent of Iowans do not have Internet access in their own homes. The Library hopes to bridge that gap by offering computer access once a week at Pepperwood, and every day at the downtown Library, including the 40 public Internet stations on ICPL’s second floor. The Library would like to thank the Iowa City Police Department for continuing this partnership.

Senior Tech Zone, a partnership with the Johnson County Livable Community for Successful Aging continues this fall and winter at the Iowa City Public Library. JCLC recognized a trend of more and more local seniors who wanted to apply for local jobs but were not comfortable filling out applications online or did not have access to a home computer. ICPL and JCLC are continuing their partnership, with ICPL providing the space and equipment needed, and one to two senior JCLC volunteers staffing ICPL’s in-house Computer Lab once a week, offering tech support and computer help to seniors who stop by on Thursdays.

Senior Tech Zone Hours:
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays
At the Iowa City Public Library’s second floor computer lab, main library building, 123 S. Linn St., downtown Iowa City.

ICPL Tech Help:
ICPL staff also offers Tech Help from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the ICPL Computer Lab on the second floor of the Library downtown. The public can find a knowledgeable staff member to answer any tech question at these weekly drop-in computer lab days at the Iowa City Public Library.

Teen Tech Zone Hours:
Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.
At the Iowa City Public Library’s second floor computer lab, main library building, 123 S. Linn St., downtown Iowa City.

For more information on Pepperwood Plaza’s free off-site computer lab or Teen Tech Zone, contact Community Services Coordinator Kara Logsden at the Iowa City Public Library at 319-887-6007 or klogsden@icpl.org. The public is also welcome to ask about any of these services at the Help Desk at ICPL, or by calling 319-356-5200.

For more information on Senior Tech Zone and ICPL Tech Help, contact Reference and Instruction Coordinator Maeve Clark at the Iowa City Public Library at 319-887-6004 or mclark@icpl.org. The public is also welcome to ask about any of these services at the Reference Desk at ICPL, or by calling 319-356-5200.

April Jo Harder
Public Relations Specialist
Iowa City Public Library
319-887-6216
publicrelations@icpl.org

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