This is a fix to the public computing page -- but its a complicated work in process so I'm working on it apart from the existing page.

 

Public computing means computers that the public can use. Please help keep this page up to date!

The table of places with several computers  gives an overview of sites with more than one computer. 

You can also look below for details about those multiple sites and about:

Places with a single public computer

Places without computer but with free wifi

When you see "NO", think "NOT YET" or "NOT WITHOUT YOU"--and get in touch and help out.  This goes especially true for local college instructors:  Mobilize your students, they will learn at least as much as the people they serve in these labs!

Tip: To add a row to the table, click the edit button above and then right-click on the table.

 

Places with several computers
(click on name to learn more)

Regular hours? One-on-one help? Classes? Wifi? Free?
Urbana Free Library YES YES NO YES YES, with or without free library card
Illinois Worknet Center YES YES YES ? YES
IMC Community Help Desk YES YES NO ? YES
Parkland College Computer Classes YES YES YES ? YES, except classes
Urbana Adult Education YES NO YES ? YES
Douglass Library YES limited but YES NO YES YES, with free library card
Champaign Public Library YES YES NO YES YES, with free library card
Salem Baptist Church YES NO YES YES YES
Douglass Annex YES NO NO ? YES
University of Illinois Libraries (many campus locations) YES limited but YES NO only with univ ID YES and no univ ID is needed
African American History Academy NO NO YES NO ?
The Whip YES NO NO ? hair salon, visitors welcome
Bethel AME Church NO NO NO ? YES, call first
Church of the Brethren NO NO NO ? YES, call first
St. Luke's CME Church NO NO NO ? YES, call first
Family Advocacy of Champaign County NO NO NO ? YES, for clients and those in need
Church of the Living God (Annex) NO NO NO ?

YES, call

Jericho Missionary Baptist Church NO NO NO ? YES, call
New Free Will Baptist Church NO NO NO ? YES, call
Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church NO NO NO ? YES, call
Church of the Greater Apostolic Authority NO NO NO ? YES, call
Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center YES NO YES ? YES, for youth

Places with more than one computer

Urbana Free Library
Learn how to search the Web, send e-mail, manage and save files, print documents, and more!
Urbana Free Library Flex-n-Gate Computer Center (201 W. Green St., 2nd Floor)
Tuesday, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
For more information visit the Tech Volunteers page http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org/computer/techvolunteers.php
Fall 2012: localwikians will be among those serving as tech volunteers / a chance to get tips on using the local wiki

Illinois WorkNet Center
1307 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign Monday-Thursday Lab is open to public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Structured classes open to individuals with all (or no) computer experience are Monday - Thursday, 3 p.m  5p.m. Open lab at other times. For more information visit website: http://digitalequality.info/

IMC Computer Help Desk
The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana
Computer Help Desk hours: Tuesday, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Help Desk provides free computer support to the community. Anyone can bring their computer to the Help Desk with any problem. Also offers free computer classes. We'll help you remove viruses, fix a computer that doesn't start, or even just answer questions. For more info: Phone: 217-689-1462 Email: [email protected]. Note that the help desk doesn't offer support over the phone.

Parkland College Computer Classes
Non Credit Computer Skills classes offered at Parkland College to the general public. Also offers learn at your own pace curriculum in Parkland's Computer Lab. Visit the website for more information: http://www.csit.parkland.edu/ctc/

Urbana Adult Education
Offers courses on computer operations. 211 North Race Street Urbana, IL 61801 Phone 217/384-3530 Fax 217/337-4987 http://www.usd116.org/adult/computer.html

African-American History Academy
Ted Adkisson, President. Teaches African-American history and digital technology to diverse age groups. Contact: (217) 359-7006

Douglass Library
Douglass Branch had Tech Volunteers for the month of November 2012 on a trial basis (Mondays, 1pm-3pm; Thursdays 11am-1pm; Fridays, 11am-1pm). They hope to restart this and would probably welcome partners.

 Champaign Public Library
200 W. Green St., Champaign Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Champaign Public Library has 15 computers in our Children's area for kids 12 and under; 20 computers in TeenSpace for teens 12 - 18 and 51 computers on the second floor for users of all ages. 25 of the computers on the 2nd floor are in the Busey Computer Room where users working alone can enjoy a quieter environment. In addition to these stations, the library also has 2 computers on the second floor with attached flatbed scanners. In order to use a computer at the library, a person must have a library card in good standing from a local Lincoln Trails Library or a computer use card. If you are not a local resident, computer use card can be obtained by presenting a picture ID at the Check Out Desk. Residents of Champaign can make appointments with library staff for one-on-one computer instruction in a number of topics. 

Champaign Public Library: Douglass Branch 
504 E. Grove St. Champaign 61820–3239 Mon to Thu 10 am – 8 pm Fri 10 am – 6 pm Sat 10 am – 4 pm. The library has a computer lab open to the public during general library hours. In order to use a computer at the library, a person must have a library card in good standing from a local Lincoln Trails Library or a computer use card. If you are not a local resident, computer use card can be obtained by presenting a picture ID at the Check Out Desk. Residents of Champaign can make appointments with library staff for one-on-one computer instruction in a number of topics.  In November, volunteers will also be available at certain times to help people: Mondays 1-3, Thursdays and Fridays 11-1.

Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St., Urbana. Mon-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Open most days for the general public, tech volunteer help often available as well. The library has laptops available for check-out by users with library cards. The Champaign County Historical Archives located in the buildings also has computers and scanners available on more limited hours. 

Salem Baptist Church
500 E. Park St., Champaign, (217) 356-8176 5 to 7 p.m. Senior class on Saturday morning, 10-12. Call for detailed information about hours of computer lab. Lab features scanners and color printer. 

Douglass Annex
804 North 5th Street Champaign, IL 61820-3230 Champaign Park District. Director, Barbara McGee, (217) 398-2572. Lab open during hours that Annex is open, 9-5, Monday-Friday. Call to see if lab is open outside of these hours.

University of Illinois Library
Nearly all libraries in the University of Illinois have public access computers that anyone can use without any log-in required. Visit their website for details on locations and hours: http://www.library.illinois.edu/services/hours.php

Public places with free wifi

This list is just getting started. Please add additional information.

Commercial

Champaign

The Whip
904 N 4th St # C, Champaign, IL 61820-3139, (217) 356-3665, Has a public computer and free wifi

Downtown Champaign

Nearly every restaurant and bar in downtown Champaign has free wifi. Password protected where noted. 

Pavlov Media offers wifi to the whole downtown area. 

BARS: 

The Blind Pig Brewery

120 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL (217) 398-5133 ‎ · blindpigco.com

Great back patio to drink and work in summer. An outlet outside available. Free wifi

The Piglet Brewery (The Blind Pig Co.) 

120 North Walnut Street, Champaign, IL (217) 398-1532 ‎ · blindpigco.com

Small, comfy place to work. Free wifi​

Seven Saints 

Brass Rail

Mike and Molly's

Esquire Bar and Grill

Quality

Password protected 

CAFES: 

Pekara Bakery & Bistro

116 North Neil Street

7 outlets inside, 2 outside. Good lunch spot. Free wifi​​

Aroma Cafe

118 North Neil Street  Champaign, IL 61820. (217) 356-3200

16 outlets inside, 1 outside. Good lunch spot. Free wifi​​, password protected

Cafe Kopi

109 North Walnut Street  Champaign, IL 61820. (217) 359-4266.  cafe-kopi.com

Big tables, lots and lots of outlets. Free wifi​​

RESTAURANTS: 

DESTIHL Restaurant and Brewery 

301 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL (217) 356-0301 ‎ · destihl.com

Open tables, lots of room, nice for a lunchbreak work session. Outlets difficult to find in all places, best in bar area next to windows. Free wifi​

Big Grove Tavern 

Password protected 

Cowboy Monkey 

Wedge

Password protected 

Guido's 

Kofusion

Nitya Thai

Password protected 

Downtown Urbana 

Crane Alley Restaurant and Bar

115 W Main St #1  Urbana, Illinois 61801. (217) 384-7526. crane-alley.com

Only commercial place in downtown Urbana with free wifi, though it is usually slow. Outlets limited. 

Campustown

CAFES 

Einstein's Bros. Bagels
901 W. University Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, (217) 344-7520.

Free wifi but no electrical outlets to plug into

Panera (Green St.) Bakery 

616 E. Green Street Champaign, IL 61820. Phone: (217) 344-2528

Busy place since it's campustown. 8 outlets. Free wifi

Starbucks on Green 

Caribou Coffee (County Market) 

RESTAURANTS

BARS 

Murphy's Pub 

Public and Non-profit

Champaign

Champaign Public Library 

Salem Baptist Church

Bethel A.M.E. Church

Douglass Branch Library

504 E. Grove St. Champaign. 61820–3239 Mon to Thu 10 am – 8 pm Fri 10 am – 6 pm Sat 10 am – 4 pm.

Urbana

Urbana Free Library 

210 W. Green St., Urbana. Mon-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wifi available on the patio after hours.

Campustown

Campus Public Wireless Locations Public access wifi is available for UIUC campus visitors. See Getting Started with UI Public Access Wireless for instructions on how to connect.

Sites with public computers labs available as needed

Bethel A.M.E. Church

401 East Park Street Champaign, IL 61820-3899 - (217) 356-0323 Public Computers available. Call for availability.

Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Computer lab open based on need. Call (217) 356-3852 and ask for Dawn Blackman to check availability. 1210 North Neil Street Champaign, IL 61820-2723

St. Luke C.M.E.
807 N 5th Street, Champaign, (217) 356-4922. Has computer lab. Call for availability.

Family Advocacy in Champaign County
310 W. Church. Champaign, IL 61820. Computer lab open to clients and community members in need, but interested individuals must call first to ensure the lab will be open. Lab can also handle supporting clients who come in and need to use a computer, and lab has computers available for community orgs that might be using our space for meetings after-hours. Phone: 217-607-0546 Fax: 217-607-0549

Urbana Adult Education
Has a public computer lab that can be used by community groups or individuals. The lab has to be reserved in advance. Call to reserve lab time. 211 North Race Street Urbana, IL 61801 Phone 217/384-3530 Fax 217/337-4987

The Church of the Living God Annex
1109 N. Fourth St., Champaign Has seven computers and wifi in the Church Annex. Primarily for youth programs. Call for lab availability. 217-359-6920

Jericho Missionary Baptist Church
1601 West Bloomington Road, Champaign, IL 61821 Has a computer lab. Open to volunteer instructors coming in to lead community-oriented curriculum. Website: jerichomissionarybaptist.org/ ​

New Free Will Baptist Church
601 East Grove Street Champaign, IL 61820-3240 (217) 355-2385 Has a computer lab. Call for lab availability.

Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
1310 North 6th Street Champaign, IL 61820-2498 (217) 356-9633 Has computer lab for after school programs sponsored by Champaign Unit 4 School District. Call for lab availability.

Church of the Greater Apostolic Authority (Formerly Alpha & Omega)
Has computer lab. Call for availability. 400 West Bradley Avenue Champaign, IL 61820-2638 (217) 398-6745

Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center, Inc.
1401 E Main St, Urbana, IL 61802. Provides programs primarily for K-12 youth, call for availability at other times.

Sites with a single public computer

Ya'Nom Art of Hair
 313 N. Mattis Ave. Ste. 106, Champaign, IL 61821, (217) 352-9946, Has a public computer with internet access for salon patrons

Trendsetters Hair and Nail Studio
1722 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821, (217) 359-6733, Has a public computer with internet access for studio patrons

Flawless Kutz Phase II
210 E. Green, Champaign, IL 61820, (217) 398-0038, Has a public computer with internet access for patrons

Just B Cause
308 N 1st St # B Champaign, IL 61820, (217) 359-4042, Has a public computer with internet access for patrons

Sister Curls
604 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820, (217) 351-7801, Has a public computer with internet access for patrons

ResaTe's Hair & Beauty Salon
602 A South 1st St., Champaign, IL 61820, (217) 355-7580, Has a public computer with internet access for patrons

Rose and Taylor Barber & Beauty
124 N. 1st St. Champaign, Illinois 61820, has one public access computer, open Tuesday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Barber Shop: (217) 398-9689 Beauty Salon: (217) 355-9689 

The Whip
904 N 4th St # C Champaign, IL 61820-3139 (217) 356-3665 Has a public computer and free wifi

Mirror Image
202 W University Ave # B Urbana, IL 61801-1745 (217) 344-4827 Has a public computer

Locks of Glory
122 N 1st St Champaign, IL 61820 217-351-9780 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-6pm Has a public computer