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Wireless Internet and Library Databases Access

The Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) of The New York Public Library, provides wireless access to the Internet and to its licensed information databases. Wireless is on the lower level, in the Salomon Reading Room.

You will need to configure your laptop to connect. Please use these instructions and attempt to configure your laptop.

  • Most new laptops will find a wireless network automatically.

(If you have problems connecting, technical assistance is available by appointment, for connectivity diagnosis only.
Note that no configuration changes, software or hardware installations will be made to your laptop by NYPL
Technical staff.)

Hardware You Need & Configurations:

  • A WiFi 802.11b Card properly installed on your laptop, or a laptop with built-in WiFi capability. (The software
    drivers for your wireless adapter must be properly installed and configured for you to make a connection).
  • Set your wireless network adapter’s Network Identifier (also known as ESSID or Network Name) to
    ‘NYPL’. No password is required.

Software Configuration:

If you are a PC/Windows user, TCP/IP protocol should already be installed on your computer. You will also need a
browser to connect to the Internet such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. (Browsers and other Internet tools are
usually pre-installed on new laptops.)

  • Your TCP client package must be configured to obtain an IP address automatically from a server.
  • [ Note: To connect to SIBL’s information databases, go to: and select a database. This
    URL is only accessible within the library.

Note: Some databases are accessible only in the Electronic Information Center (EIC). Most databases can be accessed
with wireless connections, but some may only work well through a higher-speed “wired” connection.

If you are having trouble accessing a database, speak to a staff person in SIBL’s EIC.

If you would like suggestions on the best resources for your information needs, or help finding information just ask
any librarian, at the McGraw Desk, or in the EIC.]

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