Visit libraries safely.

With the Government easing of protective measures from July 19th we would like to reassure you that your safety remains our priority.

We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable so would ask that you treat others using the building with consideration as we know that many visitors wish to remain cautious.

We are managing the reintroduction of services and there will be local variations. For details of services from your local library find out more from our Library and Record Office services during Coronavirus (Covid-19) page, or check the Facebook page or website of your local community library for further information.

Our libraries have over 300 computers available to use. Your first 60 minutes is free each day.

You can use computers for one hour free per day if you are:

  • aged 18 years or under in full-time education;
  • a jobseeker in receipt of jobseeker's allowance or employment and support allowance; or
  • someone whose use of computers is severely restricted by a physical or cognitive difficulty.

Using our computers

You can use our computers to:

  • browse the internet and send email;
  • create documents, CVs, or letters;
  • organise your finances with our spreadsheet and database software;
  • create professional presentations for your hobbies or your work;
  • produce leaflets and newsletters; and
  • copy photographs and pictures.

You are unable to save personal files on the computers but you can save work onto external storage devices, such as a USB memory stick. Libraries also offer printing facilities including WiFi printing.

Charges

After the first free 30 minutes, charges apply. You can pay an annual subscription if you use the computers regularly. There are also charges for services such as printing. See the library charges page for more details. Library members completing complex tasks such as job applications can request additional free time: up to one extra hour per day.

Booking a computer in advance

You do not need to book in advance to use a library computer. However, many libraries are very busy, and it is best to book. You can phone your local library to do this. If you need to use any special features, such as a scanner, mention this when booking.

Help for users

Library staff can help you if you find it difficult to use the computers. Specialist equipment is also available for people with disabilities, such as larger keyboards.

Most libraries have a regular programme of IT support sessions to help people with the basics and many of these are free. Ask for details.

Acceptable use policy

Use of library computers is subject to our acceptable use policy.