Skype family and friends from your Public Library
Like the phone booths of old, some Baker County public libraries now have a Skype room available for public use.
Skype is an internet-based telephone and live video service using a webcam. You can use Skype to see and talk to friends or family members around the world with both video and audio at no charge. Skype can also be used to hold teleconference meetings with business associates. Our Skype-enabled terminal includes a live camera and microphone to make face-to-face chatting simple.
If you would like to use our Skype connection, you must already have a Skype profile or set one up during your initial usage. You should also have, or be able to find, contact information for the persons you want to connect with immediately. Alternatively, you can also use emails to send invitations in advance of future connections.
Skype is free to use, unless you wish to use Skype to call directly to a telephone or wish to connect to multiple users at one time. If these cases, you will need to have a valid credit card to complete the call.
To use Skype, please stop by the Library Services Desk. You must be above the age of 16 and present either a library card or government-issued ID. Private library Study Room sessions may be up to 2 hours in length. Persons who need extra help to get started may schedule an appointment with the library’s Internet Technology Manager.
Currently, the libraries in Baker City and Halfway are the only Baker County Library branches able to offer the service. Testing is underway in order to expand the service to libraries in Haines and Sumpter. Private spaces are a prerequisite so that videoconferencing connections can be made with minimal disruption to other library users.
Just another way your library is helping to build connections and bridge minds beyond space, time and material wealth. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from everyone at Baker County Library District!