Book internet access in your library

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.

Failure to comply with this policy will result in access to the facilities being withdrawn. You’ll find a range of free and easy to use courses, from starting with a keyboard and mouse, to email, understanding shopping online and much more. Getting online simply means you’re using the internet and there are a million reasons for doing it. Knowing how to use a computer and the internet can help make life a lot easier by saving you time, money and hassle. 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.

The software on the computers can cope with most formats. If the document wasn’t created using a Microsoft Office program, you may need to save it as Rich Text Format before our computers can open it. You can book a computer up to a week in advance, in the library, over the phone or by following the ‘Book a public computer’ link above. Discover ways to get online and become more digitally active through your local library.

Connect to wifi

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.

  • Computing to store files and use web applications online.
  • Most personal devices are supported, including laptops, iPads, smartphones, and e-Readers.
  • He started working for Univac, the company that had built one of the first general purpose commercial computers.
  • The wifi service usage is also monitored, including the retention of browsing activity.

On every Friday in every library, computers are free to use for all, to include free access to Microsoft Office 2016 applications. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by a parent or carer when accessing the internet on library computers and loanable tablets. There is free internet access using Internet Explorer or Chrome on the library computers or use the free wifi on your smart phone or tablet.

Library computers

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.

Stay safe online

All computers have Microsoft Windows 10 accessibility features. If you’re new to computers, you can get free help from our friendly staff at any Thurrock library. You must book in advance if you wish to use a library computer. You can connect your phone or camera to download photos if this will work without installing any software.