Effective Dec. 12, Bexley Public Library patrons will have access to Microsoft Office on all public computers at the library and the ability to reserve the next available computer to reduce wait times.

Effective Dec. 12, Bexley Public Library patrons will have access to Microsoft Office on all public computers at the library and the ability to reserve the next available computer to reduce wait times.

"Being able to provide word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software fills a real need for many of our patrons," said library director Rachel Rubin. "We were fortunate to receive donated licenses for the Microsoft products through TechSoup, a technology nonprofit, so there is very minimal cost to the library to add this high-demand service."

She said library computer use will be more efficient thanks to the upgrades.

"With the additional computer reservation and print management product, patrons will also be able to reserve their own computers when there is a line," Rubin said. "This will allow the staff to spend less time managing computer and printer issues and more time helping patrons."

Rubin said there will be a few changes to the library's computer use procedures as a result of the changes.

Currently, a library card is not required for computer access. Beginning Dec. 12, patrons must have a valid library card or a guest pass to log on to the patron computers.

Sessions will be limited to 60 minutes when there is a queue. Patron information, including saved documents and passwords, will be automatically removed from the computers at the end of each session. Patrons will pay for both black and white and color printing using a coin box. Printing fees will remain the same per page: 10 cents for black and white prints and 50 cents for color prints.

The library will have Frequently Asked Questions available at the library and on the library's website (www.bexleylibrary.org).

For more information, patrons should speak with a library staff member or call (614) 231-8795 with any questions.