Access to a computer or a tablet

Last updated December 14, 2022

The services available to Montréal library users include Internet access, access to spreadsheet programs and word processing software, printing, digitization, and document photocopying.


To connect using one of the library’s public computers, all you need is your library card number and password. Conditions for borrowing a tablet or laptop vary depending on your library. 

Open sessions

Open sessions are 30 minutes long depending on the availability of work stations that are not reserved. The maximum time that these stations can be used each day is for three hours, for a total of 12 hours per week. They automatically end on the hour and half hour. To avoid being disconnected, you must make a reservation.

Sessions by reservation

During reserved sessions, you can use the computer for a maximum of two hours without being disconnected, for a total of six hours per week.

You can make a reservation:

  • Through a staff member (on site or by phone) 
  • At an open work station
  • At an express work station, on which sessions are limited to 15 minutes

Printing and photocopies

The following fees apply:

  • 8½ x 11 and 8½ x 14 in black and white: $.10  per page
  • 8½ x 11 and 8½ x 14 in color: $.50  per page
  • 11 x 17 in black and white: $.20 
  • 11 x 17 in colour: $1.00 
  • Scanning: Free

Wireless Internet access

The mtlwifi network can be used from a personal laptop computer.

Applicable rules 

Certain rules apply to the use of a public computing station, tablet or laptop computer.

Do not carry out financial transactions

Users are advised not to carry out online financial transactions from a public computer. In addition, it’s important to protect your personal data.

View appropriate content

The content viewed on a library computer must not come from an illegal site or run the risk of shocking other users.

Watching out for children

Work stations in the young readers sections of Montréal’s libraries are equipped with content filters. Nevertheless, adult companions must ensure that the content viewed by children is appropriate.