CAC Reader for Military Personnel Now Available @ Tomball College & Community Library

CAC ReaderWritten by Barbara M

LSC-Tomball Community Library is proud to announce that we have acquired a Common Access Card reader or CAC reader for military personnel to use in the library so they can access the particular websites that only a Common Access Card will allow. This reader will enable active duty and reserve military to conduct online military business locally instead of having to travel to a military base/facility. With a CAC reader, a service member can access websites to do online training, check military email, create orders and travel vouchers, apply for billets, access unit sharepoint sites, and more.

Military service members may use the CAC reader on their personal laptops or the public computers here at the LSC-Tomball Community branch. Due to the library’s firewall, however, there are a few websites that cannot be accessed on the public computers even with a CAC reader. Therefore, military members are advised to bring their personal laptops if they have them and use our free WiFi. Personal laptops with older versions of Windows such as XP, Vista and older, must have ActivClient software installed. It can be downloaded for free at or, for MAC users, go to  The CAC reader is compatible with Windows 7 and 8 without ActivClient software.

The CAC reader checks out for a two hour time period but may be extended dependent upon current demand. You may use the CAC Reader if:
-You have a current Department of Defense issued military ID AND you are
-a library card holder with Harris County Public Library or Lone Star College AND
-In good standing with library

LSC-Tomball Community Library is the first Harris County Public Library branch to provide a CAC Reader for community use. If you would like to use this service and do not carry either library card listed above, as long as you have a photo ID and proof of your current in-state address, HCPL will issue you one at the Customer Service desk.

The address for Tomball College and Community Library is 30555 Tomball Pkwy, Tomball, TX 77375. Phone:  832-559-4200.