Technology Services

Kirkwood Public Library offers a plethora of technologies for your use. Among those services listed below, the Library also offers access to computers for public use with internet access and Microsoft Office 2019, Adobe Acrobat and Creative Suite 6. AWE Early Literacy Stations and an interactive floor projection offers children educational games and activities. Teens can enjoy gaming consoles and computers. Self check-out machines allow for patrons to checkout and renew items, view held items and pay fines via credit card.

The Library is always looking for new technologies to implement which will engage and enhance the user experience at the Library. To suggest a new technology, please contact the Director of Technology & Online Services.

VHS Conversion as a Service (VHSaaS)

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For the last 5 years, KPL has been coverting your old VHS, VHS-C, 8mm tapes, MiniDVs, DVDs and 8mm/Super8 reels. We are please to have assisted in the preservation of over 8,500 items for you! Now in our glorious 6th year, we are pushing toward 10,000 items! To help us reach this milestone, we are campaigning to convert 2022 items in 2022. To help us accomplish this goal, we are temporarily raising the limit of 3 items to 4 items at a time!

We have new procedures for those wishing to drop off materials for conversion. Fill out the online reservation form below. Materials will not be accepted without a reservation made in advance.

Library staff can now convert* your old VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, MiniDV, and audio cassette tapes to a digital format. We can also convert 8mm and Super 8 reels as well. Best of all, this service is absolutely free! This service is open to everyone and we allow up to three (3) items to be dropped off at one time.

Conversion of materials can be provided in the following ways:

  1. Transferred to a DVD, playable on a home DVD player capable of playing DVD-R discs.
  2. Transferred to a USB or other external storage device in MP4 format**

* Only non-copyrighted materials may be converted.

** For conversions requested as digital files, a formatted USB (or other external storage device) with at least 32 GB of storage space must be provided. These files are often too large to be put on a disc. Please note that 8mm tapes will only be converted to USB, DVD conversion is no longer available.

View our Terms of Use here and contact the Library at (314) 821-5770, ext 1027 for more information.

Reserve Your VHS Conversion Here

Technology Assistance

Grab-a-Geek

In-person technology help is available once again!

Our signature technology service, Grab-a-Geek offers scheduled one-on-one training sessions with one of our dedicated, knowledgeable and friendly staff. We assist with a variety of technology topics including OverDrive, Kanopy, Hoopla, Microsoft Word, Windows, MAC, phones, tablets, and other devices, and more!

To schedule your appointment, please complete the form below. For questions please contact (314) 821 5770, Option 5.

Drop-In IT

Drop-In IT is returning on a limited basis – April 9th.

Simply “Drop-In” for basic help with computers, tablets, the internet and other technologies. No appointment necessary.

Every other Saturday: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – See Schedule

Library staff reserves the right to limit the amount of assistance provided based on complexity of topic or number of people waiting for assistance. Issues deemed beyond the scope of Drop-In IT or those needing significant amount of time will be referred to our Grab-a-Geek program for a scheduled one-on-one appointment.

Computer Classes & Outreach


While we no longer offer formal computer classes, check out our Tech Savvy Series of events. Please contact the Director of Technology & Online Services at (314) 821 5770 x 1027 for questions or to request technology outreach. For technology training and assistance please refer to Grab-a-Geek and Drop-In IT listed above.

Printing

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3D Printing

Our NEW 3D Print Binder is now available! Be sure to browse our selection prior to completing your request form below.

3D Print Binder

3D models can be submitted using the form below. Please indicate your top-three color choices for printing. Models are printed on a first come, first serve basis*. We accept one submission per person at at time. Once that print is picked up and paid, you may submit another request. We can accommodate one (1) color per submission. Please refer to the Library's 3D Printing Policy for more details. In general a model costs $0.25 for every 15 minutes of printing. All models are printed in PLA (polylactic acid or polylactide). Staff can typically adjust the scale, layers and density of a given model in order to accommodate cost.

For those who would like to have an object 3D printed, but do not want to design or find your own models, look through our 3D Print Binder for a selection of models with available to print. The binder features dozens of models with set prices from which to choose. Contact us at (314) 821-5770, Option 5 for more information.

For more information about 3D Printing technology, refer to this guide.

* During peak request times, turnaround time for 3D prints may be up to several weeks.

The following colors are available for printing. Please indicate, at the time of submission, our top three color choices. Some colors have limited quantities and may not include enough filament to print an entire model. If you do not indicate color choices at the time of your request, library staff will pick one for you. We can accommodate one (1) color per submission.

Red Orange Yellow Green
Blue Purple White Warm Gray
Cool Gray Black    
   

Submit Your 3D Print Request

Printing

All Library PCs offer access to printing. For printing from the Library’s wireless network, or the computer lab Mac computers, see the next section on Mobile Printing.

Kirkwood cardholders are entitled to $7.50 worth of free prints annually. Non-Kirkwood cardholders and guest users are not entitled to free printing. Printing can be performed from any of the public computers and can be released at the Self-Check, located near the main desk. Printing is also available from the Children’s Room for pick-up at the Youth Services Desk.

Cost:

Black & White – $0.10/page
Color – $0.30/page

Mobile Printing

Send documents and other items to the Library for printing through our Mobile Print service.


Upload files to the Online Printing Portal

Click here for a list of supported file types.

Forward an email attachment to:

Download the PrinterOn App

Large Format Printing


The Library also offers access to a large format printer, capable of printing up to 36 inches wide and up to 10 feet in length. The cost of which is broken down based on type and width of the paper used.

Available papers types include: standard, heavyweight and glossy paper in 24 and 36 inch rolls.

Cost: $0.25 sq/ft for standard paper | $0.50 sq/ft for heavyweight | $0.60 sq/ft for glossy

See our pricing rubric to see how much your job will cost.

Please inquire with the Technology Desk to use the large format printer or call (314) 821 5770, Option 5.

Large Format Print Request Form

Other Technology Services

Copy, Scan and Fax

The Library offers access to a black & white and color copy machine which can copy letter and legal sized documents. The copy machine in located near the Information Services desk.

Cost: $0.10/page – Black & White | $0.30/page – Color

 The Library’s Simple Scan Station, located across from the Information Services desk, can scan large and small documents and images through a document or flatbed scanner. Images can be cropped and resized. Images can be sent to Google Docs, an email address, a Microsoft Office Document*, stored on a USB Drive, and also be faxed (see Fax, below, for prices). *Documents scanned to MS Word are converted, allowing them to be edited, providing that the conversion was able to recognize the characters.

Faxing can be done at the Simple Scan Station, or with Library staff members. Cover sheets can be provided by Library staff upon request.

Cost: Free for local and long distance; $.50 per page for international; $.50 per page to receive faxes.

 

 

Wifi Network

The Library has wireless network throughout the building which is available during Library hours. The network is secured with a password which is displayed throughout the Library and can be obtained from Library staff.

Disc Duplication

Duplicate CDs and DVDs with this device. Only non-copyrighted materials may be copied.

Please inquire with Library staff for assistance.