Connecting to wi-fi
You can connect to the Library's free wi-fi in all public areas of the Library. You don’t need a login, password or Library card.
Select SLNSW from the list of available networks to connect. By connecting to the SLNSW network, you agree to the Library's Internet usage policy.
Make sure you are connected to the SLNSW network. Other networks may be available but these won’t connect you to the Library’s wi-fi.
See the tips below if you're having trouble connecting.
You can print from your own device via the Library's free wi-fi using Gespage
Gespage allows you to send files from your device to any printer in the Library. You can print:
- PDF files
- documents (doc, docx, rtf, txt, wpd and wps)
- spreadsheets (xls, xlsx and xlr)
- images ( jpg, jpeg, png, tiff, gif and bmp)
- data files such as PowerPoint (ppt, pptx, csv, pps and xml).
Printing from browsers is not available. You will need to save the webpage as a PDF or copy the content to a text editor/word processor such as Notepad or Word.
You will need a Library card or copy card to print. You can buy a copy card from one of the card kiosks. Copy cards cost $1 and include $1 credit. You can also add credit to your copy card or Library card at the kiosks. The kiosks accept cash and major credit and debit cards but do not give change. There are change machines in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room and the Verandah.
The kiosks are in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room, the Verandah and the Mitchell Library on the ground level.
How to print
You will need to connect to the Library’s wi-fi to print from your device. Select 'SLNSW' from the list of networks to connect.
- Go to Gespage
- Login with your Library or copy card number
- Click Choose file to find the file on your computer
- Select the file and click Open
- Click Upload
- Click Next to continue with printing. You can also View or Delete the file.
- Select the settings for your print job, such as the colour and paper size and click Next
- Review your print job including the cost and click Print to send it to the Library's printers
- Click Finished to print another file or Logout
- Go to any printer in the Library and swipe your card to print
Wi-fi printing is supported on devices running Windows, Android and Mac OS X.
Printing from an iOS device (iPad and iPhone) is limited to photos.
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Are you connected to the best wifi band?
Many mobile devices have dual-band wi-fi capabilities, allowing them to connect to the faster (shorter range) 5 Ghz band, but also work on the older, slower (longer range) 2.4 Ghz band.
Some Android devices allow you manually prioritise the faster band. To see if this is available on your device:
- Settings > Wi-Fi
- Three-dot overflow icon
- Advanced > Wi-Fi Frequency Band.
- Choose ‘5 GHz only’ if this option is available.
If you use an Apple iPhone or iPad, keeping the operating system (iOS) updated is the best way to ensure you’re connected to the best wi-fi band.
Find a spot to sit before you connect
Moving around can cause your device to search for other wi-fi access points and may take longer to find the best connection. Depending on your device, moving while connecting could cause it to connect to an access point further away, reducing the signal strength.
Have you tried turning wi-fi off and on again?
Turn your device’s wi-fi off and then on again. Your device will then try to connect to an access point with a better signal strength.
Do you have another device?
Your other device may have a better wi-fi connection. Laptops will generally have a better wi-fi connection than tablets and mobiles. The wi-fi connection on a tablet is slightly better than on mobiles.
Do you have a static IP address set on your device?
If so, you will need to change it to DHCP. You only need to check this if you can’t connect.
Are you unable to access certain websites, file types or file sizes?
The Library provides unrestricted access to all HTTP and HTTPS services (browsing the web) however we do restrict some services for security reasons. For example, using the iOS native mail app (on Apple devices) is restricted. We suggest you access your email via the email provider's website and not via an app.
Wi-fi and security
Communications over a wireless network are not secure. Information sent from or to your device can be captured by anyone who has a wireless device and the appropriate software. It's strongly recommended that you:
- install the latest operating system and antivirus security fixes, patches and updates
- always have your personal firewall software enabled
- disable file sharing to prevent any malicious users gaining access to your device.
We recommend that you do not perform any type of internet banking or financial transactions via wi-fi. We cannot guarantee the connection is secure and is not being monitored. The Library assumes no responsibility for any damage, direct or indirect, arising from using the Library's wi-fi, including viruses, adware or spyware.