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Computers in the library

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Do I need to book a session to use a library computer?

If a computer isn't being used in the library, then you can use it without booking a session. However, booking a session is the only way to guarantee you'll be able to use a computer at the time you'd like.

You can call us in advance to book a session at any library in the borough.

Ring us on 0300 303 8876 to book a computer

If you're more than 10 minutes late to your session, you'll lose your booking. Please ring us to let us know if you're going to be late or if you need to rearrange or cancel.

Who can use a library computer?

Any library member over the age of 14 can use the library computers. If you're not a member already, find out how to join the library

If you're 14 years old or younger, you'll need your parent's consent to use a library computer. We asked for this when you joined the library. If they didn't give their consent when you joined, they can contact us at anytime to give their consent now.

How do I use a library computer?

There are computers for you to use at every library in the borough. To use a computer, you'll need to:

  1. Log in using your library card number and your 4-digit pin number which you were asked to make when you joined the library.
  2. When you log in, you'll need to tick a box to agree to our Acceptable Use Policy.
  3. You'll then be logged on the computer for a maximum of 2 hours. If the library isn't busy, you can ask a member of library staff to extend this time for you.

If you'd like help using a computer or the internet:

What can I use the library computers for?

You can use all computers in the library to:

Can I save my work on library computers?

You won't be able to store or save work permanently on the computers in the library. Files on the computer are deleted at the end of every session to protect your information.

If you need to save your work permanently, you can:

  • Save to a USB.
  • Save to cloud storage.
  • Email the items to yourself.

What assistive technology is available for library computers?

You've access to a number of items to help you use the computers in the library.

This includes:

Magnifying software: this is available on all computers in the library.

Big key keyboard and trackball mouse: these are available if you're attending a beginner's IT class at the library. Please contact your local library so they can arrange these items for you.

Can I use my own laptop in the library?

You're welcome to use your own laptop or mobile devices in the library. There are sockets for you to use to plug in and charge your devices at some tables.

You can also use WiFi for FREE at any of our libraries and there's no time limit to how long you can use it for.

You don't need to be a member of the library to use your own device or use the WiFi.


0300 303 8876

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

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