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Welcome to WiFi @ York Library!

What is Wireless Access?  Wireless access is internet access using radio frequencies, as opposed to using cables. This allows a library patron to bring their own laptop to the library and use the library’s internet connection. Wireless access is most reliable on the Main Level of the library and in the lobby and meeting rooms on the Lower Level.

IMPORTANT: This is an unsecured network. York Public Library’s wireless network is an “open” network. Any information transmitted or received through this network is unencrypted and unsecured.

Disclaimer: Use of the Library’s wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user. The library disclaims all liability for loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss. York Public Library will not be held responsible for any damages, direct or indirect, to your laptop/notebook, PDA or other wireless device, occurring as a result of the use of our electronic resources.

Here’s what you need to use our wireless network:

  • You must have a wireless card already installed in your laptop/notebook, PDA or wireless device in order to log-on to the wireless network. York Public Library’s network supports the following protocols: 820.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g.
  • The York Public Library is not responsible for any changes you make to your computer’s settings and cannot guarantee your hardware will work with our wireless connection.
  • Staff and volunteers may not be able to assist with setting up wireless internet on your computer. Printers are not available via the wireless connection; if you need to print a file, send it to yourself via email or save to a USB thumb drive (or flash drive) and use one of our public workstations to print to our network printer.

How to connect:  Just bring your laptop with wireless networking card installed to the library and connect to the internet. No passwords are required at this time and all visitors are welcome.

Having trouble? Use the following guidelines for your computer’s operating system:
Use the software that came with your wireless card or computer to configure the settings and to verify a connection to the library’s wireless network. Our network’s name (SSID) is “York Wireless” and we are running in “Mixed” network mode.

Windows 8:

1.  Move the mouse to the lower right corner of the screen and slide it up to bring up the charms. Click on settings.

2. Click on the network icon.

3. Click on York Wireless.

Windows 7:

  1. Click the network icon in the notification area to open Connect to a Network.
  2. Double click on York Wireless to connect.

Windows XP
Network Settings and connecting:

  1. From Control Panel, select “Network and Dial-up Connections” or “Network and Internet Connections > Internet Connections.”
  2. Right-click on “Wireless Network Connection” or “Local Area Connection” and click Properties.
  3. Locate the Internet TCP/IP protocol and get into its Properties. If more than one TCP/IP protocol is listed, look for the one associated with your wireless adapter.
  4. Select “Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically.”
  5. For XP, right click on “Wireless Network Connection” and select “View Available Wireless Networks.” Select the name of the wireless network available at the library and click “Connect.” Our Network name is “York wireless”.

Apple Macintosh — Network settings and connecting:


  1. Select: Apple Menu > System Preferences > Network button.
  2. Select TCP/IP tab and Configure “Using DHCP.”
  3. Above the TCP/IP tab, you may need to Configure via “AirPort” or other wireless (WiFi) ethernet.
  4. Leave Domain Name Servers and Search Domains blank.

OS 8 & 9:

  1. Select: Apple Menu > Control Panel > TCP/IP.
  2. Connect via “AirPort” or other wireless (WiFi) ethernet.
  3. Configure “Using DHCP Server.”
  4. Leave Name Server and Additional Search domains blank.

iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, and iPod Touch:

  1. Open the Settings App.
  2. Select WiFi.
  3. Make sure WiFi is turned on.
  4. Select York Wireless from the list.
  5. In iOS 7.0 and later, swiping from the bottom of the screen up will bring up a shortcut to the WiFi settings.

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