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Vancouver Public Library provides free access to Apache OpenOffice software. Certain computers will have a user time limit of one hour per day and require you to have a Vancouver Public Library card.
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General Tips on Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice computer workstations use open source software. The installed software offers many of the features of Office Suites, but is not set up for personalization. Settings are standardized, and cannot be changed by the users. All files will be wiped out when your session ends.

Library staff will provide help with general features and navigation of the software, but are not able to coach users in document creation and editing. Users are advised to bring their own USB device or CD for file transfer and storage.

Supported Features (things you can do)

  • Create simple word processed documents.
  • Create simple spreadsheets.
  • Create presentations.
  • Save documents and spreadsheets to USB device or CD.
  • Print documents and spreadsheets.
  • Send and receive documents and spreadsheets by email using your existing web-mail account (Internet-enabled computers only).
  • Download documents from the Internet, and save to USB device or CD (Internet-enabled computers only).
  • Use download features in the Library's subscription databases, and save to disk, USB device or CD.


  • Imported documents may be altered (formatting, fonts, etc. may be changed).
  • Documents created here are compatible with other open source software and with Microsoft Office, but may not look exactly the same.
  • Documents can not be saved to the Library's computers.
  • No support for FTP or Telnet.

Recommended Books

Cover Art
Beginning OpenOffice 3 - Channelle, Andy
ISBN: 9781430215912
Publication Date: 2009
Read this eBook to find our more about how to use OpenOffice.

Cover Art
Getting Started with 3
ISBN: 9781440451775
Publication Date: 2008
Written by volunteers.


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