Public Computing

Managing desktops for public use can turn traditional PCs into an IT burden and put a strain on budgets. Userful is designed for public use as an all-in-one, simple, and secure desktop platform.

Offering some of the widest content source flexibility in the market from corporate signage created within the built-in Emerald CMS or available integrations to secure authenticated dashboards, local HDMI sources, network streams, desktops, and more. Truly any content can go up!

Reduce Hardware Costs

Userful saves libraries money by powering multiple desktops through one server using energy conserving zero client devices. This saves up to 80% on hardware costs while reducing software and electricity costs.


Save on hardware costs while reducing software and electricity costs.

Userful includes everything needed for any public computer deployment and also allows organizations to provide a rich desktop environment with a variety of features and applications available to meet every patron's need.

key benefits

An easier locked down public computing solution


Complete Solution

With over 40 applications in 30 languages, administrators can customize desktops to meet the unique needs of each user. Our unique system allows multiple people to work from a single computer.



Controlling and customizing the user interface and policy settings are easy. Administrators can customize desktops for kids with fun and educational games, offer workstations with large print for users with visual impairment, and job-seeking stations with office applications.


Cloud Managed

Power up to 10 desktops from one computer and manage them all centrally from the cloud. Userful includes an easy-to-use cloud-based web portal that allows administrators to control all settings and customizations from a browser.



Our locked-down solution is tamper-proof, immune from viruses, spyware, hackers, and identity theft. Only administrators can change desktops which can also be configured to have limited browser access and secure internet browsing for children.


Time Efficient

No more patches, upgrades, or updates. Userful centrally updates itself. Time and print management options save time for your staff. Userful’s solution improves efficiency and productivity of public computer deployment and management.


Cost Effective

Our solution reduces the cost of deploying computers without decreasing performance by minimizing the upfront cost of purchasing hardware. It also saves ongoing resources by reducing the effort required for updates and maintenance.

Additional Features

Centralized computers and kiosks
Userful’s managed computing solution uses a standard, central computer with zero clients and software to create up to ten desktop computer stations from a single PC. The system delivers a locked and secure desktop, complete with a full suite of software that works online or offline.

Additional Benefits

High performance with rich multimedia
The Public desktop computer stations perform just like regular computers and can even support playing high definition videos, typing documents, building presentations, or using a variety of applications at each station.


Userful Control Center: Local or Cloud Management

Using Userful’s control center, the entire look, feel and functionality of each desktop can be easily configured.

Through Userful Control Center, you can remotely change and manage settings across multiple sites from anywhere. All you need is internet access.

  Usage Reports

Userful also includes a full statistics feature. It collects usage stats on number of sessions, length of sessions, type of sessions, and much more. Libraries can pull statistics based on day, branch or even station with the Usage Report feature.

  • Automatic end of day log-off to facilitate closing the facility
  • View or directly control any station from your web browser
  • Manage and control the system entirely through the cloud
  • Warning messages about end-of-session
  • Which sessions are available on which stations
  • Station numbering and naming
  • Web filtering
  • Acceptable Use Policy
  • Desktop shortcuts
  • Opening hours
  • Print control
  • Browser home page

User Sessions

User Session Timers & Reservations

Userful comes with a session timer that keeps track of time spent on a session, warns users when the session is about to end, and then logs the user out..

  Pre-Book Cloud Reservation System

Pre-book delivers advanced time management to customers allowing patrons to book a desktop in advance or can be used to create a queue giving the next desktop available to a waiting patron. It also allows customers to limit users total daily computer time. This features requires user authentication (ie to Library ILS) to implement.

Advanced Print Management

OOCS is a Userful partner and our go-to solution for automated print release. Patrons log into Userful with their barcode, that code is then sent with their print jobs. The user punches in their barcode at the station (or swipes their library card for customers with mag-strips) and can then pay for and collect their print job.

  OCS advanced print module

Wireless web printing with the OCS advanced print module requires OCS Print Release Server software for the print release station, as well as OCS support & wireless web print.

Case Studies

Learn more about Userful's previous public computing deployments

Public Computing Pricing

A turnkey solution managed through the cloud that is easy to set up, manage, and monitor. It gives a rich and flexible desktop experience to the end-user.

Deploy locked down public computers in libraries, schools, or any public computing environment. 

Complete the pricing form on this page and a Userful public computing expert will call you to walk you through the software features and answer any of your questions.

Userful is proud to have over 15 years of public computing experience, with over 1 Million licenses worldwide.