on the web
Rutland Free Library — 10 Court St. in Rutland City — has free Wifi that is generally available from the street (or the Grace Church parking lot behind the building). If you can see in one of the windows in the middle of the building (on any side) the chances are that you can get a signal. Look for Rutland Public. No login screens, no passwords. Reminder that it’s a wide-open signal so not as secure as a wired connection to the internet.
how to Zoom (or Hangout, Skype, etc …)
Just getting started with videoconferencing? Here’s a quick guide to 10 top free apps.
Zoom is a popular choice of software right now, and the entry level version is free.
WikiHow gives step-by-step instructions for Skype and Google Hangouts for mobile users.
The state provides a wide selection of databases for learners of all ages. Topics include K-12 subjects, career & job search help, small business support, newspapers & magazines and a large selection of nonfiction eBooks.
Rutland Free also subscribes to a large collection of specialized databases, including Chilton Auto repair manuals, Mango foreign language learning, Consumer Reports online, Morningstar investment guide, resources to do genealogy research and much, much more. See our databases page for the whole collection!
downloadable /streaming titles
in person services (on hold until further notice)
We have volunteer tech tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 AM to 1 PM. Help is available on a drop-in basis, or call ahead to confirm we have what you need (773-1860; ask for the help desk).
We are helping make technology available to everyone!
We have 10 public computers, a dedicated genealogy computer, a dedicated Tumblebooks computer for kids learning to read, and videoconferencing.
We also have a fully ADA-compatible computer thanks to the generous support of our community.
You can print from a USB drive or scan to email.
Anyone with valid ID can use our computers for free (there is a per-page cost for printing) — and members of the Library get twice the access as nonmembers. It’s easy to join RFL and free if you live in Rutland City, Rutland Town, Mendon, Tinmouth or Ira!