Internet at the Library

libinternetLibrary Computer Lab Computer Labs
  • Computers have access to the Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome internet browsers as well as the basic Microsoft Office 2016 applications of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access and Publisher.
  • All labs close 15 minutes before the library's closing time.
  • Lab hours subject to change without notice.
  • The computers are self-service. The library staff will assist you with logging in with your library card and pin number, but will not be able to provide detailed instructional assistance. Volunteer computer coaches are available on a limited schedule at the Central Library. You may also contact local community colleges or adult education for basic computer classes.
  • Users must enter their Huntington Beach Library card number and PIN (the last 4 digits of the phone number on file). Users must also agree to Computer Lab Use Agreement.
Computer Lab Policies and Code of Conduct

Lab Policy
  • Free access to the Internet is available for HBPL cardholders.
  • Each card holder gets one hour per day with the possibility to extend for two additional hour based on availability. At Central Library, time may only be extended if there are three or more open computers available. At our branch locations, time may only be extended if there are no patrons waiting for a computer.
  • There are two guest computers in the Adult Reference area at the Central Library for non-cardholders. (Library card holders should not use the guest computers) Some Branch locations also have guest computers.
  • All users need their own HBPL card to access the computers. Library cards are not transferable.
  • Patrons must be 13 years or older to use the Computer Lab. Children under 13 years may use the computers in the Children’s Department. There are computers available in the Teen Center for young adults between the ages of 13 and 18. Teens get two hours with no option of extending.
  • The Library reserves the right to block web sites that contain adult content, as well as those web sites that utilize chat software (i.e., chat rooms, discussion lists, and forums).
  • Users agree to adhere to the Library's Computer Lab Use Agreement.
  • The Library is not responsible for damage to users' disks or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the Library's computers.
  • Computers are available on a first come, first served basis. There are no reservations.
Lab Code of Conduct
  • No food or drink is allowed in the Computer Lab. Covered water bottles are the only exception.
  • Users may not bring in chairs from outside of the Lab.
  • When using the Internet at the Library, YOU MAY NOT:
    • Load personal software on Library workstations.
    • Use the Library Internet workstations for any illegal activity or to harass other individuals.
    • Tamper with Library computer workstation equipment or exploit any gaps in system security.
    • Gain access to unauthorized resources or entities.
    • Invade the personal privacy of individuals.
    • Misuse of the computer or Internet access will result in loss of your computer privileges.
  • All other Library Rules of Conduct apply in the Lab.
Computer Lab: SoftwareLibrary computers currently have Microsoft Office version 2007 with Word, Excel, Publisher, Access. and Powerpoint. Internet Explorer version 10, Firefox, and Chrome browsers are available.

Computer Lab: How to PrintBlack & white laser prints are available for 15 cents per page/ color prints are 50 cents per page.

Please view print previews before printing so that you do not waste money on blank or incorrect prints. Refunds are only given for mechanical print failures.

1. Print preview your document and select the desired number of copies and page range.

2. Print job will be sent to the Print Station. It will be deleted if not printed in 2 hours.

3. Retrieve your print jobs at the Print Station, using your library card number or email address (for mobile printing).

Branch users: please ask and pay library staff to have print jobs released.

4. The print station will tell you how much your print job will cost. Deposit coins or bills (up to $5) in the coin/bill stand. There is a maximum of 33 pages for each print job, so if your print job is more than 33 pages, send it as multiple separate jobs.

Mobile PrintingMobile Printing is available for pickup at Central Library and Oak View.

There are 3 ways to send print jobs remotely to the Huntington Beach Central Library public printers.

1. Print from the library website:

Visit: https://www.printeron.net/huntingtonbeach/print

For Oak View, visit: https://www.printeron.net/huntingtonbeach/oakview 

Select the printer you desire and enter your email address.

Browse your computer to find and select the file you wish to print.

Click the green print icon. You will see the status of your print job and a reference number.

At the Print Release Station in the library, select “Release a Print Job.”

Enter the email address you used earlier to find your print job and follow directions to print.

2. Print by sending email:

Send print job as attachment to one of these four email addresses. Only attachments will be printed.

For black and white jobs: [email protected]
For color jobs: [email protected]
For black and white legal paper size jobs: [email protected]
For color legal paper size jobs: [email protected]
For Oak View (black and white letter only): [email protected]

At the Print Release Station in the library, select “Release a Print Job.”

Enter the email address you used earlier to find your print job and follow directions to print.

2. Print using the PrinterOn App

Search for and install PrinterOn App on your mobile device. IOS | Android

Click “No printer selected” and search for Huntington Beach Central Library.

Select the printer and click the print icon.

Enter an email address and click on the check mark (you will receive a notice that the job started, and shortly after another message stating “Job Success”).

At the Print Release Station in the library, select “Release a Print Job”.

Enter the email address you used earlier to find your print job and follow directions to print.
Wi-Fi at HBPL: Frequently Asked Questions
Who can use the wireless network?
It is freely available to anyone who has a wireless capable device inside the library. You do not have to be resident or have a library card to use the Wi-Fi.
What is the SSID (service set identifier) that is necessary to connect to the wireless network?
The SSID is kids for users in the Children's area. The SSID is hblibrary for users in all other wireless-accessible areas of the Central Library. The branch networks are MainSt_Lib, Banning_Lib, Murphy_Lib, and Oakview_Lib.
Are there any security settings necessary to connect to the wireless network?
No, there is no security necessary to connect to wireless, i.e. WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) or WPA (Wi-Fi protected Access).
What type of wireless cards supported?
Most cards running wireless protocol 802.11b and 802.11g. There is no support for the 802.11a protocol at this time.
What services will I be able to use on the Internet?
The only services available are HTTP and HTTPS. Remote access programs like Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Citrix, and Outlook email are unavailable.
Is my Internet browsing filtered in any way?
Yes.
Is my computer secure while it is connected to the wireless network?
There should be no presumption of security for the wireless network at the library.
Does the library provide technical assistance with connectivity?
No. If you need assistance contact the manufacturer of your laptop or software. The library is not responsible for changes you make to your computer settings.
Can I print to the library's printer from my laptop?
Yes, you can use one of our 3 mobile printing options if you are at Central Library.
Can I connect to other wireless networks available in the Library?
The Central library provides only two wireless portals to the Internet. They are hblibrary and kids. All others are not the property of the Huntington Beach Public Library. Please use caution when connecting to any public wireless and do not transmit sensitive data on those networks.
What hours is the wireless network available?
The wireless network is available during the normal business hours for all library locations.