Northville District Library

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Closed Sundays for Summer
Phone: 248-349-3020

Wi-Fi and Public Computers

The Northville District Library offers comprehensive access to wireless enabled devices over the 802.11B and 802.11G spectrums. Wireless access is available ONLY during open business hours.

There is no login required to use the Library’s wireless system, and no time limit within the hours the library is open. Anyone wishing to use the wireless system must first review and then agree to abide by the Library’s Policy on Internet Access as presented when logging onto the system. In particular, this policy prohibits using the wireless system to access material that is illegal, obscene, or harmful to minors.

The Library's wireless access points are unsecured connections to the Internet. The Library is not responsible for data transmitted or loss of information over the wireless network. Users should be aware that third parties may be able to obtain information about users' activities when using the wireless service to connect to the Internet. The Library assumes no responsibility for the security and privacy of online transactions.

Wireless users are responsible for the protection of their own devices from viruses, malware and spam. The Library is not responsible for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations. Access to file sharing services and other illegal activties is strictly forbidden.

The following steps detail the process of using and printing from your wireless device using the Wireless system in the Library.

  1. Printing is possible only from Wireless devices running Windows 7, Vista or XP. At this time, Mac devices cannot print from the Wireless.
  2. You must first download software from the Library website to enable wireless printing. The Library is not responsible for issues which could be caused by the Wireless Printing software.
  3. In order to use the print system, you must have a valid Library Card or Visitor Card that has money placed on it.
  4. The cost is 10 cents per page for black & white, 50 cents per page for color.
  5. Money can be placed on a Library Card by following instructions on the Library Payment Center located on the Lower Level near the elevator. For assistance, please see the staff at the Reference Desk.
  6. The Library is not responsible for any money left on a lost Library Card.
  7. Printouts are retrievable only on the day the print job was sent to the printer: print jobs are not stored and thus not retrievable the next day.
  8. Patrons can place low weight bond paper, envelopes and other specialty sized paper into the printer ONLY for their own print jobs (placed in tray MPT1). The Library is not responsible if someone else prints on your paper.
  9. The Library provides basic instructions on how to connect to the network but is not able to provide technical assistance.

Any violation of these Guidelines or the Library’s Policy on Internet Use may result in loss of library privileges, immediate expulsion from library, and/or contact of local authorities as required. Any attempt to circumvent any aspect of the Library’s network and/or computer security will result in immediate loss of privilege.

June 12, 2012

The intention of this document is to demonstrate how to use the Wireless Internet Hotspot at the Northville District Library. This document uses Windows 7 as the demonstration Operating System. While your wireless device may not use Windows 7, the concepts and information included are the same for all wireless devices. Some items may appear differently with your wireless device than illustrated here.

Step One: Making Sure your Computer is Compatible

The Operating System is NOT a reliable measure of compatibility here. Instead, it is the wireless card or availability of a Network Interface Card (NIC). NDL's Wireless Hotspot will support IEEE 802.11 b, g or n type protocols throughout most of the Library. We also provide patch cables for connection to the Hotspot via Network Interface Card. If you are not sure in either case, please refer to the manuals that came with your computer.

Some Laptops or Notebook computers include an ON/OFF switch specifically for wireless. This switch is intended to save battery power. Make sure your WIRELESS is switched on before you connect.


Step Two: Connecting to the Wireless
Please locate the Wireless Network Connection named
"Northville Library".

You will find MANY other Wireless Network Connections while in the Library, but only "Northville Library" is open and available for you to gain access from. Other SSIDs visible in the Library exist for the Library Staff, Public Equipment, and even nearby businesses and locales like the Northville Community Center.

CLICK on the "Northville Library" icon, and then click on CONNECT.
(Despite the warning in the example to the left, our wireless system does NOT allow you to view the contents of other connected users, nor vice versa).

After you connect, you still need to load your web browser to accept the connection terms. You do NOT need a username and password to acess the Wireless.

The wireless signal is available only during open hours!
Step Three: Authenticate

Once you have a wireless signal, connected to "Northville Library", load up your preferred Web Browser (Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari,etc)

wf-3-pt1Upon opening your web browser, you should be presented with a screen like the one illustrated to the left here.

This screen includes the text of the Library's POLICY ON INTERNET ACCESS.  You must read through this and scroll to the bottom of the page.

At the bottom you will see a button which reads: AGREE AND CONTINUE TO INTERNET.

Please be aware of the Library's Policy on Internet Useand Guidlines for Internet Use

Assuming you DO agree with the terms, click on the button and you will be taken to the Library's home page. 

You may then browse through the Internet as you wish.

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(abbreviated example)

If you have any questions or issues with Wireless Usage at the Northville District Library, please ask for help downstairs at the Reference Desk. Our Computer Pages are always ready to help you



Would you like to Print from your Windows wireless device? If Yes, proceed to options A or B. If No Click HERE


Wireless printing currently works only if your device has Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP installed.

Option A) If you are a first time user:

  1. Click the DOWNLOAD NOW button above. This installs a VIRTUAL WIRELESS PRINTER on your device.
  2. Click Yes to download and Run. (Depending on your browser, you may need to download first, and then launch the PrintControl.exe)
  3. When the Installation completes, a small window will appear on the bottom right corner of your desktop.
  4. Click on "Start Print Session". When the next window appears, Enter your library card number and PIN, and choose "Nort". Do not select either of the Novi devices.
  5. When submitting print jobs, select the "Wireless Printer" to submit your jobs. Any print job submitted while logged in can be retrieved at the Print Release Station
  6. To end the wireless print session, click on "Terminate Session"
  7. To Exit print Client, click on "Terminate Print Client"
  8. To continue after installing, Click HERE

Option B) If you are a returning user:

  1. Go to Start --> Programs --> Wireless Library Print System --> Wireless Print System
  2. Click on "Start Print Session". When the next window appears, Enter your library card number and PIN, and choose "Nort". Do not select either of the Novi devices.
  3. When submitting print jobs, select the "Wireless Printer" to submit your jobs. Any print job submitted while logged in can be retrieved at the Print Release Station.
  4. To end the wireless print session, click on "Terminate session"
  5. To Exit print Client, click on "Terminate Print Client"
  6. To continue after installing, Click HERE

Uninstalling Print Module from your laptop:

If you no longer need Library Wireless printing and are ready to uninstall the print module from your laptop, go to Start --> Programs --> Wireless Library Print System --> Uninstall Wireless Library Print System. This will completely remove the print module from your wireless device.

The following are links to several on-line providers of free e-mail services. The free e-mail services allow you to access your e-mail without having to connect with a local Internet provider. Several other providers allow you to access your e-mail online without having to use telnet or other programs. The Northville District Library does not endorse any of the services linked to this page nor does it provide technical support to users of these services.

Please Note: Use of E-Mail services carries with it the possibility you may receive spam, some of which may contain undesirable content. The Library makes no guarantee that any claims of anti-spam filtering by any free e-mail provider will actually work, nor can the library do anything to help stop spam on your free e-mail account.

Free E-mail

Access Any E-Mail Account

Instant Messenger via Web Browser
These services allow you to access popular Instant Messenger programs from anywhere with a Web Browser.

ISP/DSL Access Pages
The following links are known remote webmail access pages for common ISP's in the area

Other E-Mail Services

University E-Mails


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