Thomas Ford Memorial Library

From microfilm readers to high-speed Internet and wi-fi, the library has the technology and equipment needed to get quick and reliable information. Library staff are happy to help you use any of these resources.

Computers/Internet | Wi-Fi | Wireless PrintingCopy Machines | Microfilm Reader | Xerox Closed Circuit Magnifier| eReaders and iPods

Computers & the Internet

We have public-use computers in the Adult Services/Reference Department, Teen section, and Youth Services Department (downstairs).

Computer use in Adult Services is free and open to anyone. There’s a 30-minute time limit if someone is waiting. The teen computers are for young adults and also have time limits if anyone is waiting.

We do not use filtering software and assume no responsibility for the content of the Internet. Children 11 and younger must be with a supervising adult to use the Internet. Children 11-13 may use the Internet independently, as long as they have a signed consent form on file.

There are two stations for Internet and database research in the Youth Services Department. Adults must be with a child in order to use the YS computers, sign an Acceptable Use Agreement, and hold a valid Library card.

Printing is 10 cents per page, and 50 cents for color copies.
We have headphones you can borrow.

All of our computers have:

  • Internet access
  • Printing capabilities
  • Word-processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Media players like Real Player, Windows Media Player, Shockwave, and QuickTime
  • USB ports, enabling you to work with existing data and save your data.


We have a wireless network with four open access points, so you can surf the ‘net with your laptop anywhere in the building.

Wireless Printing

Documents, files and webpages can be sent to the Library for printing from anywhere, on any device. If using a laptop inside the library, or sending a document from home, click here to visit our Wireless Printing webpage. To print from an iPad or iPhone, click here to download the free PrinterOn app from iTunes. To get the PrinterOn app for an Android device, click here for Android smartphones and here for Android tablets.

For assistance using Wireless Printing, call, email or visit the Reference Desk.

Copy Machines

We have 2 copiers available for public use. Our cost is ten cents per page for letter and legal sized copies and twenty cents for 11 x 17 copies. Please ask for assistance to get color copies, which are 50 cents per page.

Microfilm Reader

We have a microfilm/microfiche reader equipped with a printer for public use. Prints are ten cents per page. Our Western Springs newspapers begin with 1913 microfilm and our Chicago Tribune microfilm covers 1972 through 2003. Ask Reference Staff for assistance with databases to get newspaper articles from microfilms and electronic resources.

Xerox Outlook Closed-Circuit Magnifier

This magnifier displays printed materials on a video screen, allowing for easier reading of small print. Though designed for visually impaired readers, anyone can use it. It’s especially helpful for viewing maps. This magnifier may be found near the Reference Desk.

eReaders and iPods

The library circulates Sony eReaders, Kindles, and iPods for patron use. View our eBooks and Audiobooks page for more information.