Wireless Access at the Boston Public Library


The BPL offers wireless connections to the Library's Internet service in all of our locations. Direct plug-in ports are also available in Bates Hall in the Central Library and in the Adult Reading Room at the Honan-Allston Branch.

If you are bringing in your own laptop and wish to use our Internet connection you will need:

  • A wireless network interface card, 802.11b or later
  • To configure your laptop to use the Library's Internet connection
  • A charged battery. Specially designated electrical outlets are available at some, but not all, BPL locations
  • Compatible headphones if you plan to use audio files
  • For direct plug-in access, you will also need to bring a 5 ft. data cable.

Please note that the Library cannot assist you with your laptop, card or configuration. The Library cannot accept the liability of handling your equipment.

Step 1 - Open your web browser. Accept the security certificate that the Library's system sends. Once you have done this, the Library's home page will come up and you are ready to use our wireless system.

Step 2 - If this does not work smoothly, you may need to change the IP address that your laptop uses. Find directions for doing this on your computer's operating system below:

If needed, we have additional wireless help for Windows Vista and older Windows operating systems.