The Hoover Public Library has been online since June 1, 1998. Through this web site, we hope to bring you news about what is happening at the library, answer commonly asked questions, offer resources to help you get around the Internet, and much more.

Training Center

If you want to learn about the Internet, how to use a computer, or need help learning to use Microsoft Office products, these classes are for you. The current month class calendar can be viewed on our events page. Call 444-7747 or register online to sign up for our computer classes.

Online Interactive Services Computer

Need a computer to take an online proctored test or to do an online interview?  Our Technology Department offers on Online Interactive Services computer for patron use!  Located in our Technology Training Center, this PC is equipped with a webcam and software to allow you to use Skype, ProctorU and many other services.  Please call 444-7747 at least 24 hours in advance in order to make a reservation.

Technology Policy and Class Descriptions

Schedule conflict? Try BPL downtown: Birmingham Public Library Computer Classes.

Technology Hub

In the Technology Hub, located on the main level, we offer 12 workstations for word processing and business automation software so patrons can type research papers, resumes, create spreadsheets, publications and projects. In addition we have 12 scanners and 10 laptops for in library use. Headphones are sold for $2 and USB Flash Drives for $7 at the service desk.

Printing

Patrons can print out their work on a networked color laser printer. Black and white prints are 10¢ and color prints are 50¢. Our print system takes cash, coins and most credit cards.

Faxing

Patrons can send local and long distance faxes free of charge. However, we do not allow incoming faxes or international faxes.

Digital Media Lab

The Digital Media Lab provides the Hoover community access to audio and video equipment for their digital projects. The DML shares space with the Technology Training Center and is available by appointment.  The DML room and equipment is reserved for special projects rather than general computing, which is available throughout the library.

Laptops for Library Use

Laptops are available for checkout in the Technology Hub for use inside the library. Laptops are due back to the Technology Hub desk 15 minutes before close.


Mobile Wireless Hotspots for Checkout

The library has Mobile Wireless Hotspots that checkout for two weeks. Checkouts are limited to Hoover residents. Call 205-444-7747 for more information.

Wireless Internet Access

Relax and enjoy free wireless internet access anywhere in our library.


Mobile Printing

Easily print from your smartphone, tablet or laptop!

Create Your Account

Step 1: Visit http://www.hooverlibrary.org/print

Step 2: Select First Time User to set up a new account.

Step 3: Enter your library card number, pin number, email address and telephone number and click SUBMIT.

Print Your Documents

Step 1: Log in to your account.

Step 2: Select a File to Upload – Browse to the file you want to print and select Open.

Step 3: Select Upload.

Step 4: Select Preview to review how your document will print out.

Step 5: At a Print Release Station or Kiosk, log in to your account to retrieve your print job.

Mobile APP

Once you have created your account online, you can also upload your documents using the SmarAlec app!

Step 1: Search for SmartALEC in the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Download the app to your smart device.

Step 3: Log in to your account and upload your documents with ease!


    More Notes and Limitations:
    • The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent from or to your laptop can be captured by anyone within 300 hundred feet with a wireless device and the appropriate software.
    • While on a web filter and behind a firewall, our wireless network is completely open.
    • Library employees are not able to provide advanced technical assistance.
    • The Library makes no guarantee that you will be able to make a wireless connection.
    • The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment, configurations, security or data files resulting from connection to the Library's wireless network.
    • If you make changes to your laptop’s configuration, make sure that you are able to change them back so that you can keep your computer as safe as possible.