Jan Walsh Computer Lab

In August of 2010, the computer lab was officially launched as The Jan Walsh Patron Computer Lab, named after the recently retired Washington State Librarian. The computer lab, located in the front of the library, is open to all patrons, whether they live in Seattle or are making a visit to return books. The Lab is located at 2021 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, the same location as WTBBL. The lab is equipped with a PC station and a Mac, allowing patrons using both systems to download books, check their email, create documents and prepare materials for their personal use.

Available Equipment in the Jan Walsh Patron Computer Lab:


PC station:

  • Windows XP Professional operating system
  • Internet Explorer 7 web browser
  • Firefox 3.5 web browser
  • Microsoft Office 2007 Suite, including Word and Excel
  • Two high-speed USB 2.0 ports
  • Adobe Reader 9.2
  • JAWS 11.0 screen reader software
  • MAGic 11.0 screen magnification software
  • Windows XP magnifier software
  • Duxbury 10.7 braille translation program
  • ABBYY FineReader 6.0 software for scanner

Mac station:

  • Mac OS X and iLife
  • 21.5-inch LED display
  • 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 processor
  • Built-in iSight video camera
  • SD card slot
  • Four high-speed USB 2.0 ports
  • Safari web browser
  • VoiceOver, Apple's screen reader program
  • Zoom, Apple's magnification program

Additional Equipment

  • PowerBraille 40 character refreshable braille display
  • Romeo 25 braille embosser
  • Desktop LaserJet printer
  • Epson 4490 scanner
  • 24" adjustable monitor
  • Desktop speakers and headphones
  • A variety of standard and ergonomic mousing devices
  • Anthro adjustable height tables
  • Ergonomic chairs

How to reserve time in Computer Lab

If you are a patron and live in the Seattle area or are visitng, call and talk to the receptionist at 206-615-0400 (toll-free: 800-542-0866) and make an appointment. The computers are first reserved in 1 hour increments.
If you need training on book downloading or other computer programs, please email wtbbl@sos.wa.gov to start a training plan.