Services

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Copying and Printing

Need to make copies? 
All library locations have copy machines for public use; the charge is $.20 per page. Printing from public PCs is available for $.20 per page. Color copying is not available, but color printing is available at the Central Library (South Lake Charles) for $.50 per page. 

 

 

Computer/technology classes

We offer FREE computer classes. Learn how to download eBooks to your mobile device, how to use Facebook, how to use your new computer, or how master a job interview? Check out a list of upcoming classes.

For classes being offered in the community, check this list.

 

 

Computers

Do you need to type a resume' or find something on the Internet? Visit any library location to use a public PC. All you need is a library card & pin #.

  • Don't have a library card? Ask the library staff for assistance. Find more details about a library card.
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Use a computer for a 1 hour session, with a daily limit of 2 sessions. The PCs include internet access, Microsoft Office 2007, and plug-ins for Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash and Java that are updated quarterly. Users must agree to the use policy.

 

 

Early Literacy Stations

Did you know that the Library has computers with pre-loaded educational software?
These computers are for children ages 2-8. The educational titles pre-loaded by AWE span seven curricular areas. Kids are having fun and they don’t even know they are learning. Visit a branch today and start learning and having fun!

 

 

Innovation Studio

The CPPL Innovation Studio provides a space for everyone in Calcasieu Parish to learn about emerging technologies and bring their creations to life. Graphic arts design, film editing, 3D design, app creation and coding are just a sample of what this space holds for you! The studio is located inside of the Central Library. Central Library is located at 301 West Claude Street in Lake Charles.

 

 

 

Laptop Checkout Program

Don't have a laptop? Did you know that you can checkout a laptop at the Library? Available to library card holders. The laptops, housed at the Central (721-7116) and Sulphur Regional Libraries (721-7141), are provided to Calcasieu Parish by the State Library of Louisiana as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program of the Department of Commerce.

Included/installed software/programs are Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe Acrobat Reader, QuickTime Viewer, Shockwave, a Video Launcher, Flash Media Player and a CD Burner. They are internet ready so citizens can take them to any hot spot to access the internet. Here's more details,

 

 

 

Get your Library Card

Need a Library card? It's FREE to anyone who lives, works, owns property, or attends school in Calcasieu Parish. Apply for a library card at your local library branch or you may apply online if 18+ years. More details..... 

 

 

Libraries Southwest

Are you a resident of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jeff Davis, South St. Landry Community Library or Vernon parish? Would you like to borrow books from one of the parishes listed below because it is not available in your library system? Libraries Southwest (LSW) is a service that links the parish libraries of Southwest Louisiana together in order to provide better service to patrons. An LSW library card enables patrons to utilize library services and check out materials from any of these six parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jeff Davis, South St. Landry Community Library and Vernon parish. For more information on how to make use of this service, click here.

 

 

Library Technology Info and Tips

Are you curious about what technology is available in the library? Are you looking for safety tips for using the Internet? Need to setup an email to receive pictures from your family? You've come to the right place! Find technology tips! 

Are you new to computers? Get help!

 

Library To-Go

Library To-Go is the library’s outreach service. We offer FREE delivery of library materials to homebound persons and we also supply nursing homes, daycares, and other facilities with reading and viewing materials. In addition, we can do informational visits and make presentations about library services for organizations and community events. Apply today!

 

Little Free Library

Enjoy a stroll in the park and select a good read with the Little Free Library.
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library System and Sulphur Parks and Recreation have partnered to bring the Little Free Library movement to Sulphur. Learn more.....

 

Didn't find it in the Library Catalog? Borrow it!

Didn't find what you were looking for in the Library's online catalog? Request it by using the 1st button below. If you have questions regarding a request, inquire here or use the 2nd button below.

You may also use a service from the State Library of Louisiana called Loanshark that offers registered Loanshark users the ability to browse a collective catalog of all La. parishes, request to borrow items found in the collective catalog and check the status of those requests. This service is FREE with the exception of photocopy charges. 
 
NOTE: Need help using Loanshark? Ask our staff or view this handout. 
 

 

 

Meeting Rooms

Do you or your organization/group need to gather together for meetings? The Library has 6 public meeting rooms and 3 conference rooms available for booking. Visit the library's Meeting Room policy and/or view the calendar to request use.

 

New to Computers?

Are you new to computers? Get help!

Are you curious about what technology is available in the library? Are you looking for safety tips for using the Internet? Need to setup an email to receive pictures from your family? You've come to the right place! Find technology tips!

 

Online Sidewalk Book Sale (Better World Books)

Your Library recycles removed items from the collection through an online sidewalk sale (Better World Books), through local friends of the library book sales, donate to other non-profit agencies or disposed of through Team Green of SWLA. To see what is currently for sale, visit our Online Sidewalk Book Sale.

 

Patron Notices & Library Elf

Need to manage your library account? Want to receive notifications (overdue, pre-overdue, holds, and bills) via email/text? Do you need to track multiple accounts? It's easy with Library Elf.

 

Pay your Fines

Need to pay your fines? Visit your local Library branch or pay your fines online.

 

SMART Table Interactive Learning Center

Have you recently visited the Epps Memorial Library, Central Library, Iowa Library or Moss Bluff Library and noticed a new device sitting in the children's area? It's the SMART Table; an interactive learning center! Gather around this multi-touch, multi-user table to explore digital lessons, play educational games and work together on interactive learning activities. 

 

State Library of La. Services

Browse through the list of services provided by the State Library of Louisiana.

Did you know that the State Library provides resources for homework, entertainment, business and other resources to all citizens of Louisiana? Browse this list.

Services include Louisiana Documents and Special Collections, Talking Book & Braille Library program, Braille and Audio Reading Download program and Ask-a-Librarian.

 

Summer Reading Programs

Every summer we offer summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults. All are are invited to sign up and read for prizes! Plus we offer special events throughout the summer. 

 

Buy it Now! Support Us!

A portion of each sale of digital content or other items, purchased from OverDrive WIN Affiliated Retailers using the “Buy it Now” link from your library’s website, is credited back to this library. Retailers include Amazon.com, Barnes& Noble, Buy Now kobo, libraryBIN and Powell's Books.

 

WiFi Access & WiFi Printing

We have Wi-Fi! All you need is your device/laptop. Don't have one? Check with library staff about checking out a laptop. All library branches have public Wifi access available. Plus we have Wifi printing available. Users may login to the WiFi network between 8:00 am and 10 pm daily. Find more details.......