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Library computers

How do I book a library computer?

All library buildings and most long stay mobile library stops have computers which are free for you to use.

You do not always need to book an IT session depending on how busy the library is, but you can book up to a one hour session per day. Some libraries offer speedy computer slots at busy times. To find your nearest library, please use our library finder.

On the first occasion you will have to register to use the library computers and read and agree to the over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy and sign the over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form.

You will also need to take your library card to sign in each time you visit.

The following word document provides information on the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

Library computers over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy (word 78kb opens in new window)

The following pdf is the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form.

Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form (pdf 51kb opens in new window)

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Do I need to join the library to use the computers?

You will need your library card to use the computers and to agree to the Over 16s Acceptable Use Policy.

If you are not already a library member you can join online.

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What software applications can I use at the library?

You can access:

  • Internet Explorer with broadband connectivity for web searches and email.
  • Microsoft Word.
  • Microsoft Excel.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Picasa 3 photography editing software.
  • Scanning facilities at all libraries except Leven, travelling and mobile libraries.

Social Networking and music downloads

You cannot currently access social network or chat sites on library computers and music downloads are not permitted.

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Do libraries have free WiFi?

Yes. All our static libraries have free unlimited WiFi.

Find a library or mobile library

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Can I learn about computers and the internet at the library?

Yes. We provide free self-paced online computer courses. Our friendly Library staff can guide you and support you to learn the basics of computing. All the static libraries have the facilities to get you started with the basics of computing, using a mouse, using a keyboard, internet basics, setting up an email account, creating documents and much more.

We use the Learn My Way website, which allows you to learn at your own pace on days and times that suit you. Once you have learnt the basics of computing you can access many other free courses, for example: online shopping, using a digital camera, watching and listening online, staying safe online, finding a job online, the list is almost endless!

It is free to use the libraries desktop PCs, or if you have your own portable device like a tablet or laptop you can bring it in and use our free unlimited WiFi to go through your courses. There's even a course on using a touchscreen.

You can a look at the Learn My Way website by clicking the link below. If you would like to give free self-paced computer courses a try just go into your local library and ask any member of staff for more details.

Learn My Way (external website)

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If self-paced online learning isn't your choice of learning computing, the Adult learning service holds regular lessons and sessions at their centres. Use the course finder to see if a course is suitable for you.

Visit the course finder  

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Can I look for a job online at the library?

You can search for jobs, write your CV and apply online for jobs. There is lots of online advice available and you can also use our library catalogue to search for books that will help you write your CV and provide useful information on interview techniques etc. You will need your library card number and PIN to do this. More information on how to get your PIN is available on the join the library page.

Use the link below to view all current East Riding vacancies:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Recruiter (external East Riding website)

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Can I scan, print and save my work on a library computer?

Facilities vary at each library. All have print facilities for A4 in black and white. Static libraries also have A4 colour printing facilities and most have scanning facilities. Scanning is free but there is a small charge to print, see below for pricing:

Printing from public use PCs

  • Black and white, 10p per A4 page.
  • Colour, 50p per A4 page.

A full list of library fees and charges is available on the library fees and charges page.

The best method to save your work is to place it on a memory stick or an external hard drive. They can save large amounts of information and are portable. Please note that password protected memory sticks are not compatible with library computers. Library systems no longer support floppy discs and we recommend moving your information over to a memory stick. Top of page


Can children and young people use the library computers?

Yes, children and young people can also use the library computers.

Under 8 year olds must use the computers with an adult who has read the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy, and signed the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form. Follow the links below to print these documents.

The following word document provides information on the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy:

Library computers over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy (word 78kb opens in new window)

The following pdf is the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form:

Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form (pdf 51kb opens in new window)

Eight to 15 year olds must get a parent’s signature and agree to the Under 16s Acceptable Use Policy.

  • Print a copy of the Under 16s Acceptable Use Policy from the link below.
  • Ask your parent or guardian to read and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Ask your parent or guardian to sign the form at the end and detach it.
  • Take the signed form along your local library.
  • You will also need to take your library card each time to sign in.

The following pdf document provides information on the Under 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy:

Under 16s Acceptable Use Policy (pdf 144kb opens in new window)

If you have a worry online, at home or at school, you can get help by calling free on 0800 1111 or visiting the childline website. There are people to help with any problem.

Childline (external website)

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