Saving and Storing Files at PDL

The library offers free access to the internet via WiFi, ethernet ports, and the public computers on each floor. When using the public computers, it’s important to remember that any files saved locally will be erased after logging out. Any important files that you will need later should be saved to an external drive or in the cloud before logging out.

In the event that you don’t have a flash drive, you can purchase a 16 gigabyte flash drive from the circulation desk on the main level for $5.00. You can also email the files to yourself as attachments, which will let you download them from your inbox at a later time.

There are several sites that offer a certain amount of cloud-based storage, which means you can make an account and ensure that even your largest files will be saved. The benefit of cloud-based storage is that you can have access to these files anywhere that you have an internet connection, which is perfect for working on the go. Each site offers different storage options, so make sure to consider your needs before making an account.

Google Drive
Offers 15 gigabytes of free storage, plus multiple priced packages with increasing storage and features through Google One. Access files across different devices via web browser or Google Drive app. Can share links to your files and offers real-time editing on documents. Also allows access to Drive’s free online office programs such as Docs, Sheets, etc.

Dropbox
Offers 2 gigabytes of free storage. There are various paid storage options, beginning with 2 terabytes (2,000 gigabytes) of storage for $9.99 per month. Access files across different devices via web browser or by downloading the Dropbox app. Can share links to your files and folders with others.

iDrive
Offers 5 gigabytes of free storage; can purchase more storage with a yearly fee. Syncs files across devices linked to your account, restore previous versions of a file.

Microsoft OneDrive
Offers 5 gigabytes of free storage, plus multiple priced packages with increasing storage and features. Access files across devices via web browser or OneDrive app. Edit and share files in-app. Files can also be opened and edited in Microsoft Office programs.

Box (personal):
Offers 10 gigabytes of free storage with a file upload limit of 250 megabytes; can purchase 100 gigabytes of storage for $10.00 per month with a file upload limit of 5 gigabytes. Access files across devices via web browser or Box app. Create, edit, and share documents in-app. Files can also be opened and edited in numerous programs and apps.