SEASIDE - A photo scanner donated anonymously will help Seaside Public Library patrons send photos to friends via e-mail.

The 1999 Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 5200C allows patrons to scan a photo, save it to a floppy disc and then attach it to an e-mail. The scanner works in conjunction with Adobe Photo Deluxe software, which will manipulate color, brightness and size of the photo. The scanner may also be used to scan papers, such as legal documents.

"Having this allows our patrons to bypass the purchase of a digital camera," staff member Dan Cawley said. "It can really save money."

Scanned images are not saved to the computer's hard drive, so sensitive or personal information will not be left behind.

Written scanner instructions are available and library staff will be happy to help anyone who is learning how to use a computer. About 90 percent of the library's users are computer-savvy, he said.

Cawley recommends sending only one or two photos per e-mail. Many receivers have a slower, dial-up Internet connection and photos will take a while to load.

"Keep the person on the receiving end of your photos in mind," he said.

Although there is no charge to use the scanning equipment, users must bring their own disc. The library has five computers that may be used for one hour at a time. Sign-up sheets are located at the main desk. Library staff will accept reservations over the phone, up to one week in advance. The library only has a black and white printer. Copies are 5 cents each.

The library is located at 60 N. Roosevelt. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Monday.

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