Computers and the internet

You can print in colour or black and white or scan to a USB stick for free. Library computers are free to library members and visitors to use for up to 30 minutes a day. You can access the library catalogue through the computers in our libraries. It is possible to search, request or renew items from all our libraries.

It remains your responsibility to talk to your child about the internet, although we do have advice to help you. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. Don’t worry we won’t send you spam or share your email address with anyone. Many libraries have computers where you can access the internet, often for free.

Stay safe online

For this reason, children and young people aged 8 to 15 years need to show library staff their own library card each time they want to use a library computer or loanable tablet. Library members can book a 2 hour session on a library computer, including internet access. Sessions can be extended if there is a computer available. If you want to learn about using computers, ask about our Computer Buddy Scheme. This book fits in the large gap between these two extremes. It is for people who would like to understand how computers work, without having to learn a lot of technical details.

The only prerequisite is knowing how to use a web browser. The fundamentals of hardware, software, the Internet and smartphones are explained, using examples and diagrams that are easy to follow. Even people already in the computer field will find things of interest in this book.

  • Please refer to ourlist of libraries page to confirm that your local library is currently open and to check its opening hours.
  • Additionally, there will be the offer of digital skills training provided by libraries or Leicester Adult Education.
  • If you save work to our computers, it will be automatically deleted at the end of your session; this is to protect your confidentiality.
  • Kindle eBook is available now and can be read on any device with the free Kindle app.
  • Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission.
  • On every Friday in every library, computers are free to use for all, to include free access to Microsoft Office 2016 applications.

We provide free computing, internet and WiFi facilities to library members. All our libraries have public computers and free WiFi. Hublet tablets are a new way of accessing digital resources in libraries. Use them to read e-books or e-audiobooks and browse e-newspapers or e-magazines. You don’t need any IT qualifications to help, you just need to have good communication and listening skills, be able to explain computer terms simply and be reliable and willing.

Your local libraries

Please note that subject to availability, users are allowed a maximum of 2 hours per day in total. This can be staggered throughout the day or used in one sitting. A user may begin their session in one Bracknell Forest library and continue it in another.

Please note that we are unable to offer extensive one to one support. If you would like to learn more about computers and the internet, you could sign up for one of our free basic IT learning sessions. There are computers for you to use in all our libraries with access to the internet and Office 2010.

We use software to monitor and filter all use of the internet on public computers and devices. The wifi service usage is also monitored, including the retention of browsing activity. Parents indiancultureonline.com and carers must give permission in person for them to use a library computer for unsupervised access to the internet. Library staff will record this permission on our customer database.

Connect to wifi

If you do not want your child to have internet access please speak to a member of staff. You will be helping individuals or small groups of learners to improve their IT skills, ranging from complete beginners to more advanced levels. You may be doing this alone, with a member of staff, or with another volunteer. You can book a session for up to three hours at a time. If you need longer, please speak to a member of staff.