computersComputer Lab

MPL provides essential computer and Internet services to meet the research, educational, and recreational needs of the community.

For more information, see section 1.8 of our Library Policies and Procedures.

Available Resources:

  • Public Computer Lab with printing capabilities
  • Copy machine & fax machine
  • Children's Computer Lab
  • Teen Computer Lab
  • Wi-Fi throughout all branches

Internet Use:

  • Library Card Holders: Up to 3 hours of Internet use per day for cardholders from any Hidalgo County Library.
  • eCard: Available with valid photo ID (U.S., Canada, Mexico) for users without full-access documentation.
  • Extensions: Extensions beyond 3-hours may be permitted under special circumstances, please speak with desk staff prior to workstation usage.


  • MPL staff provide limited assistance with computer use.
  • For more extensive help, users are encouraged to enroll in basic computer classes available at any library location.


  • 70 3-hour Windows Workstations 
  • 16 3-hour Windows Workstations for children 5th grade and under, located in the Children's Dept.
  • 12 3-hour Windows Workstations for teens located in the teen area, Area 3918
  • Login requires a library card

Palm View Branch

  • 18 3-hour Windows Workstations
  • 2 Catalog Workstations
  • Login requires a library card

Lark 3

  • 33 3-hour Windows Workstations
  • 6 Windows Workstations for children
  • 1 Catalog workstation
  • Login requires a library card

Wireless Printing

MPL is excited to introduce mobile printing services at all three locations! You can use your personal computer or mobile device to print to the library’s printers from anywhere.

Simply submit documents for printing and come to the library to release and pick up your document. Please select the location where you would like to pick up your documents below.

Find detailed instructions here: 
Mobile Printing Instructions

Select your pick up location:

Download the free Princh app from the App Store or Google Play


Main Library now offers 3D Printing Services! For details, visit https://mcallenlibrary.net/services/mplab.

laptop lending

Our In-House Laptop Lending Program, launching on August 1st at all library branches, aims to provide patrons with access to technology resources that support their educational, informational, and research needs. This program offers temporary access to laptops for on-site use, empowering patrons to engage in digital learning, research, and communication while at the Library's premises.

To be eligible for the In-house Laptop Lending Program at any McAllen Public Library location, an individual must:

  • Have a McAllen Public Library card in good standing.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Present a valid Texas Driver’s License or Texas ID, which will be held with the signed Borrower’s Responsibility Agreement for the duration of the loan. (The Driver’s License or ID will be returned upon check-in of the borrowed laptop.)

Loan Guidelines:

  • Laptops can be borrowed at the Computer Lab at Main Library or the Circulation Desk at Lark & Palm View Branches for 4-hours with the possibility of one renewal.
  • Laptops must not be left unattended and should be handled with care to avoid damage or theft.
  • Borrowers are prohibited from installing software or altering the laptop in any way.
  • Borrowers are responsible for any damage incurred during the loan period and may be charged for repair or replacement costs.
  • Late Fees: An hourly late fee of $2.00 will be applied for every hour the laptop is overdue.



  • Printing
    • B/W – $0.10 cents
    • Color – $0.50 cents
  • Copies
    • B/W – $0.10 cents
    • Color – $0.50 cents
  • Faxing- vendor based kiosk*
    • Fax Local and National
      • $1.75 first page ---  $1.00 each additional page
    • International
      • $3.95 first page  --- $3.45 each additional page
  • Scanning  
    • Free
    • Must bring your own USB flash drive to save the file.

*Please note, faxing services in the Computer Lab will be limited to outgoing faxes only. All branches provide self-serve kiosk; Main branch is a paperless fax machine with confirmation via online or text; Lark & Palm View Branch provide paper confirmation. Transactions are payable by credit or debit card only.


Computer labs are open during normal operating hours and shut off automatically 15 minutes prior to library closing time.

Mon-Thu │ 9:00AM-8:45PM
Fri-Sat │ 9:00AM-5:45PM
Sun │ 1:00PM-8:45PM

Mon-Thu │ 10:00AM-8:45PM
Fri-Sat │ 10:00AM-4:45PM
Sun │ 1:00PM-8:45PM

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