Marshall Public Library, Pocatello, ID
Marshall Public Library, Pocatello, Idaho
113 South Garfield Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
(208) 232.1263

Did You Know?

Children can use educational games and apps on iPads in the Children's Department. Ask at the Youth Help Desk for more information.


Internet & Computer Use


How many computers does the library have?
The reference area on the second floor of the library has 13 computers for adult use. These computers are for adults (18 years or older).

Are there any computers for kids?
We have computers in the Young Adult Area for Teens age12-17 and iPads in the Children’s Area for children age 0-11. We also have two computers that are available for children and teens to use for homework.

What do I need to use a library computer?

  • Your MPL library card
  • Your photo ID (if you have a MPL card and don't have it with you)
  • Just ask for a computer guest pass

*More Info on what it takes to get a MPL card.

*To look up your card number for computer use you need your photo ID. If you have lost your card, you can get a new card at the Circulation desk for $1.

*If under the age of 18 you may use your own photo ID or the guardian listed on your account may use their photo ID.

*You must use your own card/guest pass to access the computers; you are not allowed to use a card number that belongs to someone else.

How do I start my session?

  • Select an open computer station.
  • Enter your entire library card number, all fourteen digits without any spaces.
  • Check the summary screen of your computer use for the day.
  • Review our Internet policy.
  • After accepting our Internet policy your session will begin.

How do I end my session?

  • If you finish before your session is over, click on END SESSION.
  • The computer will ask you to confirm that you do, indeed wish to end your session early. Click CONFIRM. This will end your session and close any programs you were using.   
  • If you do not click END SESSION or extend your session you will be automatically logged off after approximately three minutes of inactivity.
  • Please do not shut down the computer.

What if there isn't an open computer station?
Use your card number at the print station to reserve the next available computer.

Can I reserve a computer for a specific time?
Computer time is given on a first come first serve basis. If all computers are in use you can make a reservation for the next available computer.  If you need to use a computer for job and career searching you may sign up in person at the reference desk to use one of these computers.

How long can I stay on the computer?
Internet use is 2 sessions per day per person.  Each session lasts for 1 hour and can be extended for up to another hour in 15 minute increments if computers are available.  Each person can potentially have 4 hours computer time per day based on availability of computers.

Can I print from the computers?
Yes. Black and white copies are 10¢ per page. Color copies are not available. Children and Teens can print 10 pages of homework, on the first floor for free.   Any printing after that is 10¢ per page.

What kinds of things are not allowed on the Computers?
See the Internet Policy.

Can I use a flash drive in the computers?
Yes, you can.

Can I play games on the computers?
Yes, you can. However, some games may require software that is not available on the computers.

Can I use the computers to search for a job?

The reference department has two computers available for job and career searching. Idaho CIS career information database is available and these computers can also be used for creating resumes, searching for colleges or other training programs, looking for scholarships or other school funding, looking for jobs, and filling out job applications. Other uses are prohibited. A two hour limit is enforced when others are waiting. Please sign up at the reference desk to use one of these job computers.

Do you have a computer that I can use really quickly ?

One express computer is available. No sign-up is needed, and a time limit of 15 minutes is strictly enforced. No printer is attached to that computer. All other adult Internet policies apply to the express computer.

Do you have a computers available for word processing?

Yes. Microsoft Office is available on all library computers. Simply minimize or exit the web browser that automatically opens after login.

Can I use the computers if I’m just visiting Pocatello?
If you are visiting Pocatello, or just passing through, ask for a guest pass at the reference desk. You can also use our free Wi-Fi on your own device.

Do you have WiFi at the Library?
The Marshall Public Library provides free Wi-Fi access in the library. Printing from Wi-Fi is not available at this time.

How do I get an email account?

Download the pdf handout Getting an email Address