Benzie Shores has a variety of technology resources to fit your needs. Staff are happy to help you with any device or technology questions you have. Please feel free to bring your laptop, tablet or smart phone to the Service desk and we will help you as much as we are able.
There are many ways to access the internet in the Library. There are 3 internet stations that may be used on a first come first serve basis. No sign up is necessary; however, time limits may be enforced if people are waiting.
We have 2 Windows computers enabled with Microsoft Office products, as well as GIMP (photo editing). Other programs may be added upon request. Sign up at the Circulation desk to use a Windows PC.
In addition to the PC/Internet workstations, Chromebooks are available for checkout and may be used in or out of the library.
The library provides a self serve scanner that can scan to USB. Self serve scanning is free if you bring your own USB drive. USB drives are available for purchase for $5. If you would like staff to scan for you and email you your documents, there is a $3 per page fee.
Printing & Copying
The library’s public computers are able to send documents to our public printer. The charge for printing from this printer is 25¢ per page for black and white or color.
In addition to printing from the library’s computers, you can also print from your personal devices , like laptops, tablets, and smartphones. These prints can be sent remotely. Ask at the Circulation desk for mobile printing. Mobile printing is 25¢ for black and white or 50¢ each for color
There is a self-service public copier. Copies from this machine are 25¢ each (black and white only).
Wi-Fi Hotspots are available for checkout by adult in-district card holders in good standing. These are available for a one week checkout. All hot spots create a mobile Wi-Fi network on which you can then connect to Wi-Fi enabled devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Hotspots are first come, first served. There are no holds allowed. One hotspot, per household.
One-on-One Tech Help
You can schedule a one-on-one session with one of our librarians for specific tech questions, or for help using library digital services including libby and hoopla. Call the library at 231-352-4671 to schedule a tech help appointment. Staff can help with your technology needs any day of the week as we are able or as time allows.
The Library offers Wi-Fi 24/7. The signal reaches the parking lot and surrounding grounds and is accessible even when the library is closed. If you’re having trouble connecting, ask us and we’ll help!
Online Tech Help Resources
GCFGlobal (Goodwill Community Foundation Global)
From seniors learning computer basics to seasoned professionals brushing up on Microsoft Office to unemployed individuals gaining career skills to students practicing math, everyone can find something useful. Resources are free.
Digitallearn.org (from the Public Library Association)
A collection of self-directed tutorials to help end-users increase their digital literacy. The modules help learners practice basic skills like using a mouse, creating an email address, navigating a website, and more..
Consumer Reports Security Planner
CR Security Planner is a free, easy-to-use guide to staying safer online. It provides personalized recommendations and expert advice on topics such as keeping social media accounts from being hacked, locking down devices ranging from smartphones to home security cameras, and reducing intrusive tracking by websites.
Consumer Reports Guide to Digital Security and Privacy
Glossary of Technology Terms from Malwarebytes
A free resource for anyone to quickly assess if they may have been put at risk due to an online account of theirs having been compromised or "pwned" in a data breach.