Information Commons Technology

Computer Workstations and Scanner

The workspace area of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons offers 25 desktop computer workstations:

Info Commons computer workstations are dedicated to working, learning and research. You can use these computers to access productivity and design software, job and career websites, email, BPL databases, and news and information sites. The following sites and services have been blocked: streaming video, some social networks, chat, online games, and adult sites.

You must have a BPL library card or purchase a one-day guest card in order to use a computer.

The scanner is free to use and outputs to a choice of PDF, JPG, PNG, RTF, or MP3 (text to audio) files. The scanner bed measures roughly 12" x 17".

Meeting Rooms and Recording Studio

The Info Commons has seven meeting rooms that Adult cardholders (age 17 and older) are welcome to reserve directly. Each meeting room offers a flatscreen display to facilitate instruction, webinars, and collaboration. The largest of the seven meeting rooms (Meeting Room 4) features a SMART board interactive whiteboard. All displays include speakers and the appropriate cables to connect to your own device (the library does not provide laptops) for audio as well as video. Central Library's wireless Internet access is available throughout the space, but there is also a data jack in each room.

Certain file types are playable or viewable on the flatscreens (although not on the SMART Board in Room 4) directly from USB flash drives: .mp3, .jpg, .avi, .mkv, .asf, .wmv, .mp4, .3gp, .vro, .mpg, .mpeg, .ts, .tp, .trp, .m2ts, .mts, .webm, .divx.

Ethernet cables, Mac-to-HDMI, Mac-to-VGA, and Lightning-to-VGA adapters can be borrowed to use in the meeting rooms, depending on availability. We also have a limited number of whiteboards and dry erase markers for public use. To borrow items, you will need to leave your library card at the reference desk.

Meeting Room 1 serves as an amateur recording studio for audio and video projects. The room offers a DSLR camera, microphones, and an iMac editing workstation.

Reserve a meeting room or the recording studio.

Lab

The Info Commons lab has both Macbook Pro and Hewlett-Packard laptops that are available to the public during classes and workshops. The laptops feature the same software and applications as their desktop counterparts.

The lab is also equipped with a projector and assistive listening technology.

Acknowledgments

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons is made possible by a generous $3.25 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.  

The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, a legendary investor with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation’s overarching goal is to continue the tradition of humanism characteristic of Mr. Levy by supporting scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society at large.

We especially thank Shelby White, Founding Trustee of the Leon Levy Foundation, for her commitment to the enrichment of Central Library.

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Additional funding is provided through NYC Connected Communities, a program coordinated by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.