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Computer Center for the General Public

The Charles River Public Internet Center is a community technology center that welcomes all who need access to computers, the Internet, and training. We provide the general public with untimed access to our 20 computers and the Internet for a suggested donation of $1.00. Our professional staff is available to provide free, informal assistance on an as-needed, as-available basis to any Center patron. CRPIC is fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education and provides free one-on-one tutoring and low-cost courses. CRPIC is an ADA compliant, handicapped accessible facility. We are open to the general public between 12 pm and 8 pm, Monday through Thursday.


All computers have T1 Internet access and are equipped with Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 software. There are a limited number of computers available with open source software or Microsoft Office 2007. Assistive technologies such as large screen, screen magnification software, and trackballs are available upon request. Printers and scanners are accessible from all computers. Administrative service fees are charged for printing, scanning, copying, and other services. We recommend patrons who want to save documents or files either bring their own flash drive or purchase one from CRPIC as the computers do not save any information once a session has ended.

Administrative Service Fees

• Printing – black and white (8 ½ x 11 paper): $.10/page
• Printing – color (8 ½ x 11 paper): $1.00/page
• Scanning - $1.00/scanned image
• Faxing – Domestic only; no international service (8 ½ x 11 paper): $1.00/page
• Copying - 8 ½ x 11 or 11 x 17 paper: $.10/copy
• 1Gig flash drive - $5.00

CRPIC reserves the right to refuse large scale copying, faxing, or scanning jobs that are better served by a commercial business. Please see our policies page for further information. Fees are due at the time of service.


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