Service Availability

This service's availability may be affected by social distancing and other guidelines from Public Health Madison & Dane County. Please see our Current Availability of Library Services page for library news and updates.

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Computers at Hawthorne

This page only has information about computer access specific to Hawthorne Library. For general information, including your rights as a computer user, please see the main Internet and Computer Access page.

Machines and Time Limits

Hawthorne Library has twenty internet accessible computers. All of them have Microsoft Office.

Two of Hawthorne's machines are 15-minute express machines that cannot be reserved. One computer is reserved for adults who have children with them. Total time at Hawthorne is 90 minutes per day.

Wireless Information

You must ask staff for the password in order to use the unsecured wireless network.

Library Computers & COVID-19 Safety


All staff working the service receive training and the personal protective equipment necessary to keep themselves, other staff, and the public safe. All employees wear face coverings and practice social distancing according to City of Madison policy.

There is a 30-minute gap between computer appointments where staff sanitize public computer stations.


All of the building doors remain locked. Staff will admit patrons with computer appointments for their appointed time slot.

Patrons with computer appointments are allowed in the computer area, restrooms, and the stanchioned/taped walkways leading between these areas during their time slot.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. Face masks are available for those that don't have their own.

Bubblers / drinking fountains are not available. Bottles of water are available by request.