Libraries - computers and the internet

Our libraries have over 340 computers available to use. Your first 30 minutes is free with subsequent time costing £1.50 per 30 minutes.

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, which you can buy from the library. All libraries also offer printing facilities.

Charges

After the first free 30 minutes, or first hour for concessions, 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.

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 or DVD burner, 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.

Most libraries have a regular programme of informal training 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 (pdf / 29 KB).

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