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 Pinney

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

Machines and Time Limits

Pinney Library has 15 internet computers, plus 2 Youth internet computers. All of them have Microsoft Office and CD burners.

Three of them are 30-minute Express, the rest have 90-minute sessions. Total time per day is 120 minutes.

There are 10 laptops available to check out and use inside the library. You must be 18 years old and have had a valid South Central Library System card in good standing (less than $20 in fines and nothing more than 30 days overdue) for at least 30 days. Laptops are not lent to those with Internet/Web only cards. Headphones and mice are also available.

Wireless Information

No security code is required for the unsecured wireless network.

Ask staff if you need to plug in your computer.

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.