Computer and Technology

Computers at the Library

Mansfield Public Library has 16 public computers for ages 12 and over, and four teen computers for ages 9 to 19. All computers have Internet connections. A library card in good standing is required. The Library also has Google Chromebooks available to checkout for use inside the library only.

Limitations and disclaimers

The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent to or from your device may be captured by anyone with a wireless device and the appropriate software within 300 feet.

Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided if you will be able to make a wireless connection.

The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network.

Software and hardware

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Flash Player
  • Java
  • Office 2010 with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.
  • Silverlight plug-in
  • Windows Media Player
  • Our computers do not have Microsoft Works, but you can use Microsoft Word to open Microsoft Works documents and then save them in the Microsoft Word format.
  • CD and DVD reader
  • Headphone jack
  • USB ports


Wi-Fi at the Library

Laptop or mobile device users may connect directly to the internet via Wi-Fi provided throughout the Library. Please note there is no password needed to connect to the Library Wi-Fi, and users may connect to the network “MPLguest.”

Hardware requirements

Your device must have an 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g based Ethernet device installed. Any of the following that is Wi-Fi enabled will work:

  • Gaming device
  • Netbook
  • Notebook computer
  • Phone
  • Pocket personal computer
  • Portable personal computer
  • Tablet

Software requirements

Use a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari. Set your TCP client software to obtain addresses automatically from a server (DHCP).

Configure TCP/IP software by opening the Network Connections icon in the Control Panel. Right click on wireless connection and choose Properties. Under Protocol settings select TCP/IP. Set the IP address to obtain an IP address automatically. Leave all other fields blank. Restart the laptop for the changes to take effect.