Public Computers

The Royal Oak Public Library has 31 computer workstations available to the general public. Library-owned computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons are required to login at the library computers using either a TLN Library card or Guest Pass. TLN Library cards and Guest Passes are non-transferable. Staff may ask to verify identification. TLN Library card holders are permitted 4 hours of computer use per day; Guest Passes for one-half hour.

Users of the library’s computers or internet access must adhere to the Internet Use Policy 5.40. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the loss of the ability to use the internet.

The library offers wireless internet access. The wireless signal is accessible in all public areas of the library. Upon successful connection to the wireless signal, you will be asked to agree to abide by the terms of the Internet Use Policy 5.40.

All library-owned public computers and by wireless connection is filtered with the exception of one unfiltered library-owned public computer in the Adult Computer Lab. Filtering of the internet is in accordance with Ordinance 2008-06 of the City of Royal Oak, Policy 5.41.

The library has three computer labs designated for use by age groups:

Adult Computer Lab: 16 workstations running Windows 10. Software available: Google Chrome, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. 18 years of age and older.

  1. Express Computer: 15 minute use only.
  2. Unfiltered Terminal: 1 workstation running Windows 10. Flatbed scanner. Software available: Google Chrome, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. A parent or guardian must accompany and be sitting at the computer terminal with patrons under 18 years of age wishing to have access to the unfiltered internet workstation.

Teen Computer Lab: 6 workstations running Windows 10. Software available: Google Chrome, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. The computers in the Teen Area may only be used by individuals aged 11 through 17 years old of age

Youth Computer Lab: 7 workstations running Windows 10. Software available: Google Chrome, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. Adults are not permitted to use the computers in the Youth Services area of the lower level without an accompanying minor.

Printing: There is a charge for printing: $1.00 per page for color prints; $.20 per page for black & white prints. They can be released from the Print Release Stations in the Adult or Youth labs. 

Staff Assistance
Staff may assist library users in getting started on the internet; however, the library cannot guarantee that staff will be available to assist users at all times the library is open. Staff are not allowed to enter information for library computer users. Because of the many different applications available on the internet, staff may not be able to provide specialized or technical knowledge about a particular application.

Chromebooks and Hotspots coming soon!

Wireless Printing

You can use your personal computer or mobile device to print to the library’s printers from anywhere. Simply submit documents for printing and come to the library to release and pick up your documents using your library card at one of our two Print Release Stations. Please see supported file formats below.*

How to print from a laptop or desktop computer at home or work:

  • Begin by visiting Royal Oak Public Library Printing Service 
  • Select the printer you’d like to use (letter or legal) 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 a Print Release Station in the library, select Release a Print Job.
  • Enter the email address you supplied and select your print job.
  • Enter your library card number without spaces to pay for your prints.

Your print job will be printed!

How to print from a tablet or smartphone app:

  • Visit your device’s App Store to install and launch the PrinterOn app.
  • Choose No printer selected.
  • Click Search and search for Royal Oak Public Library ROPL. 
  • Choose a document size you’d like to use: letter or legal.
  • Once installed choose from Documents, Email, Photos or Web to print and enter your email address.
  • At a Print Release Station in the library, select Release a Print Job.
  • Enter the email address you supplied and select your print job.
  • Enter your library card number without spaces to pay for your prints.

Your print job will be printed!

*HP PrinterOn Supported File Formats:

Microsoft Formats

  • Microsoft Word 2000-2019
  • Microsoft Word 2000-2019 for Mac
  • Microsoft Excel 2000-2019
  • Microsoft Excel 2000-2019 for Mac
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2000-2019
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2000-2019 for Mac
  • Microsoft Visio 2000-2019

Apache Open Office Formats

  • Apache OpenOffice/LibreOffice Writer 2.x and later
  • Apache OpenOffice/LibreOffice Calc 2.x and later
  • Apache OpenOffice/LibreOffice Impress 2.x and later
  • Apache OpenOffice/LibreOffice Draw 2.x and later

Graphics and Text Formats

  • PDF
  • Microsoft XPS
  • PNG
  • BMP
  • JPEG
  • HTML
  • GIF
  • TIFF
  • RTF
  • ASCII Text
  • Unicode Text
  • ZIP


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