Library Tech Pages

Library Web Page Requirements

FIRST: Known database access connection problems

Internet providers with built in web browsers

AOL, Juno and some other internet providers pop up with their own built in web browser window when you connect. Do not use it to connect to the library web page we do not support these browsers and they are known problems. Minimize that window and run Firefox or IE.

Some PC Security Software Blocks Login to our Databases

Some security software in the past has prevented library uses from logging into our databases and ILL service. These generally have web control components that install into your web browsers. Security suites that have done this in the past are, CA PC security suite and Bitdefender.

To correct this some patrons have had to turn off their firewall to use the library databases while others have reported that they had to change or disable settings called web browser security and or web access control in their security software.

New Paltz Computer User ID and password problems

To get help with your user ID and password:

STUDENTS: Contact the help desk at 845-257-3597 or visit them at HUM 103.

FACULTY AND STAFF: Contact computer Services:HAB 50, (845) 257-3130.

Campus information about your NPCUID.

The EZproxy error at database login

If you receive the following error when connecting to a database:

"To allow /login?url=http:/ to work, your EZproxy administrator must first authorize this within the ezproxy.cfg file."

Contact us so we can fix it, be sure to let us know what database you were trying to use.

You can submit any technical questions to our technical help form at this link or call (845)257-3710 during library reference service hours

Web Browsers

Mozilla FireFox and Microsoft Internet Explorer

We support Mozilla FireFox and Microsoft Internet Explorer on our web page. We recommend you have both so you have a choice if you run into something that does not work in one try the other it is sometimes the quickest fix. Most things on our web page will work in other web browsers, but there are some things that definitely do not. For example wireless printing set up will only work in Mozilla Firefox and no other browser.

Firefox 3
Get Firefox Here

Internet Explorer Download

Web Browser Settings

Pop up blockers settings

It's unfortunate that many of our database vendors use popup windows to display information and they recommend you turn off popup blockers. Many popup blockers though are smart enough to allow popups from trustworthy sites like our databases. If one is blocked you will get a warning from your web browser and it will allow you to make an exception for that database web site.

If that still gives you too much trouble though you will have to turn off you pop up blocker while doing research with the library databases. You can turn it back on when you are done of course.

The essentials Software you need to access content on the web

It is always recommended to get the latest version of the following software to view documents and media content on the web.

Adobe Acrobat

Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files are all over the web they used to distribute documents. There are other PDF viewers you can get but you should have the acrobat viewer. Our library reserves are mostly in PDF format.

Download the Acrobat Reader Here

Adobe Flash Player

Almost all web video from to our own library instruction uses the flash player to display. Flash is not just used for video though it is also used for some documents and some entire web sites use nothing but flash pages forms etc. It is absolutely essential to keep your flash player up-to-date.

Get the latest flash player here
Get the latest flash player here

Java Runtime Environment

Java is the programming language that does most of the work on the web. From checking and correcting the data you enter in forms to Making snow flakes float over the text of your web page. In the past some people turned it off in their browsers but not anymore. Java makes the web work. Make sure you update your Java every once in a while.

Update Your Java Here

Recommended Software

Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight is Microsofts answer to Adobe Flash. Because it is backed by Microsoft you can be sure pages at Microsoft will use it and some othe places will adopt it. Don't worry about Adobe Flash though they are the most used moving image display software by far.

Other Video Players

Quicktime and The Real Player are video players that have their own popular streaming video formats and you should have both of these if you want to be compatible with media on the web.

RealPlayer has a new browser plugin that allows you to download online video to keep in its own library.

Real Player Home Page

QuickTime is the original Apple computing video format and it also has some special videos that can only be viewed with QuickTime Player

Download the Latest Quicktime Player Here