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Chromebook/Hotspot Bundle

The library offers Chromebooks with hotspots for two weeks to use at home. Basic setup instructions for use available in English and Spanish.

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The library offers hotspots for two weeks. Use the app or call the library to place a hold. Basic setup instructions included.

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Mac Studio Computers

The library has two Mac Studio computers for digital creative work. Learn more about our Mac Studio computers.

› Click here to read the MPPL Internet Service policy.


The library provides more than 50 public computers and 3 express (Internet only). Computers are available for adults, teens, and kids.

In Youth, there are 6 iPads and 4 laptops at the Youth Services desk. (Please note these items are only available to use in-house at the Youth Services Department.)

Several catalog-only computers are scattered throughout the Library for convenient searching of our collection.

One computer is set aside in the genealogy area for quiet research.

We also provide a Large Text/Screenreader computer, loaded with the Jaws program.

Our South Branch location provides 6 public computers available for adults, teens, and kids.

› To learn more about our Computer Equipment Policy & Guidelines for the Public click here.

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In-House Laptop Lending

The Mount Prospect Public Library offers PC and Mac laptops for checkout and use in the library building. Laptops are checked out with a mouse and charging cable, and offer a variety of software including web browsers, MS Office, and Zoom.


  • Mac and PC laptops are available for checkout from the Research desk; PC laptops are available at the Youth and South Branch desks.
  • Patrons must have a library card that is current and in good standing in the library’s system. To check out a laptop, you must show your library card or photo ID.
  • The laptop checkout period is 2 hours in the Main Library and 1 hour at the South Branch.
  • One laptop may be checked out on a library card.
  • Laptops may not leave the library premises and must be returned by 15 minutes before closing time.
  • Please do not leave laptops unattended.
  • Patrons who use library laptops are subject to the library’s Internet Service Policy and Circulation Policy.

Printing and Copies: Pay by Cash or Credit Card

Printers and printing costs:

Black/white: $.10/page

Duplex/two-sided black/white: $ .15/page

Color printer: $.25/page

Duplex/two-sided color: $ .40/page

Copiers and copy costs:

Black/white: $.10/page

Duplex/two-sided black/white: $ .15/page

Color printer: $.25/page

Duplex/two-sided color: $ .40/page


Fax or Scan on our SimpleScan

  • Our SimpleScans can be used to scan or fax documents following the step-by-step directions on the touchscreen. They can be found at the Main Library by the second floor copiers, and at South Branch.
  • Scanned documents can be saved to a USB/flash drive, emailed, or printed. There is no charge for scans; the usual print charges apply to printed scans.
  • Faxes cannot be received at the library.
  • For any additional information, please ask at the Public Service Desks
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Other Equipment

Typewriters: One at the Main Library

Microfiche/Microfilm Readers with Printers: One at the Main Library

If you bring in your own equipment, the library provides outlets, desks, and WiFi (public wireless internet) at both the Main Library and South Branch..

3D Printer

3-D Printing

Mount Prospect Public Library strives to connect people to resources that spark innovation within their lives. We provide access to the FlashForge Creator Pro 2 to engage the community with new and emerging technologies.

Using Our 3-D Printers

To use our 3-D printers, please fill out the submission form below.

  • Print jobs must be submitted using the form below.
  • Must be an MPPL cardholder.
  • For patrons under 18 years of age, permission from a parent or guardian is required. A parent or guardian may confirm permission in person, over the phone, by email, or in the comments section of a submission.
  • If submission exceeds maximum build size or time, files will be scaled.
  • Items can only be printed in one color.
  • Filament of the same color sometimes sport subtle variations in pigment.
  • Contact us with questions or issues:


Due to high demand, the 3D printing submission rules have changed and will now be placed into slots that are first come, first serve.

  • Patrons may submit a total of 3 submissions per month, and there will be 3 slots available per week. If a patron submits more than one submission at a time, these submissions will be spread into one slot per week over the course of three weeks.
  • Print time will not exceed 8 hours.
  • We will not print illegal, inappropriate, potentially dangerous items, or items that violate copyright laws.
  • If the model fails to print or requires editing, patrons will be contacted to edit and resubmit their designs. Patrons will not be charged for failed or incomplete print jobs.
  • Patrons can contact staff for the cost of printing and estimated completion time. 
  • Patrons will receive notification when the print job is completed.
  • Items will be available for pick up at the Registration Desk. Production times may be up to a week or longer.
  • Items must be picked up within 2 weeks. Items that are not picked up become property of the library and may be recycled. Patrons will be charged for the items.


The cost of 3D printing submissions is $1.00, plus $0.10 per meter. Please review the guidelines above.


3D Printing colors: red, white PLA, black PLA, grey, gold, glow-in-the-dark, rainbow, fire, ice, blue, purple, pink, green, orange.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software

Free .STL Files

Some sites require a free account.

Note: Some free designs may not print properly. It is recommended that you inspect them in a CAD software before submitting.

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