Computers and technology

Computers

We have free Windows PCs and Apple iMacs available for use by library members.

Bookings can be made ahead of time, up to a week in advance (advance bookings are not required but are recommended).

Bookings are available as one-hour sessions. You can book up to four sessions in a day, depending on computer availability.

All users must abide by our computers and Wi-Fi conditions of use

Book a computer

Wi-Fi

Free wireless Internet access is available at all branches between 7am and 9pm. You don’t need to be a library member to use our public Wi-Fi.

To connect:

  • Look for ‘Kingston City Council Guest WiFi’
  • Read through the terms and conditions that appear and press accept
  • Once accepted, you should automatically be connected to the internet

Printing and photocopying 

  • Black and white: 20c for A4, 40c for A3
  • Colour: $1 for A4, $2 for A3 

Print from your own device

We also have 3D printing.

 

3D printing

There is a Zotrax M200 3D printer at Parkdale and Westall and a M300 3D printer at Chelsea. ABS plastic is available in multiple colours, however only single-colour prints are available.

Cost of 3D printing:

  • $5 for the first hour of printing
  • $2.50 for each subsequent hour
  • $25 maximum charge

Limit of 1 job per customer per week.

Files need to be in .STL or .OBJ file format.

Special software is available on the public computers at Parkdale, Westall and Chelsea libraries to prepare files for printing, however staff will not be able to offer assistance with 3D modelling.

Before you begin find out more on 3D printing and copyright from the Australian Copyright Council or view our introduction to 3D printing tutorial.

Conditions of use

There are several conditions for using one of Kingston Libraries’ 3D printers: 

  • Only use the filament provided by Kingston Libraries on the 3D printer.
  • There is a limit of one job per customer, per week.
  • Kingston Libraries have a duty to respect copyright. Library staff may refuse jobs that are potentially illegal or inappropriate.
  • When you submit your job at the library, you will be given a quote for the total cost of the print.
  • After you pay for your print job, it will be scheduled for completion within 5 business days.
  • Your finished printed product will be held for one week once it’s ready for collection. If you do not collect your print within a week, it will be recycled.
  • The library cannot guarantee that a job will print successfully. By accepting the quote for the print, you accept that service fees are applicable regardless of the outcome of the print.
  • Due to the nature of 3D printing, finished print jobs will have some imperfections and rough edges, particularly where supports are required. Printed models will be supplied with supports still attached. Removing the supports and smoothing edges is up to you.
  • Only library staff will handle the 3D printer.

Scanning

Scanning is available at all Kingston Libraries and is free to all library members. 

This includes scanning to USB or email. If you do not have a USB device you can purchase one from us for $6.

Power banks

We have power banks and a range of charging cables that can be borrowed with your library card for use in the library.  

Recording studio

Westall library's recording studio is currently closed until further notice.

Westall Library has an acoustically treated recording space and quality equipment available for bookings. 

Click here to view form.

Digitisation Station

Cheltenham Library has a self-serve digitisation station available for bookings. Use the station to convert photos, slides, cassettes, VHS tapes and vinyl records into digital files.

Click here to view form.

Cricut

Cricut Explore Air 2 is available for use at Parkdale library.

Cricut is an electric cutting machine that rapidly and precisely cuts a range of materials, including:

  • paper and card
  • vinyl
  • stickers and decals
  • fabric and iron-ons

Additional functions include:

  • pen line drawing
  • pen lettering
  • scoring (for folding card)
  • embossing

To get started, leave your contact details by calling 1300 135 668, completing the general enquiry contact form below, or by speaking to a staff member in branch. A member of staff will contact you to arrange a short 10 to 15 minute induction.