also known as: computers and the Internet, free computer access, free Internet access, library computers, library Internet, printing.
From helping people to get online for the very first time to providing online resources for library members to use for free, your library has a wealth of resources and facilities to meet your information and technology needs.
What can I do on the Computers?
Get onto the Internet or to use Microsoft Office, which
includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher on
the library computers.
Access a range of online resources for free on a library
computer including Which, Ancestry Library Ediiton, Cobra,
Britannica Encyclopedias and Oxford References. Some of
these services can also be used at home with your library
membership card. For more information click here.
Find out which books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, magazines and other
resources are available at your library or at other libraries,
reserve and renew items online. Click here to visit the
You can use your memory stick on the public access
computers after a quick virus scan from library
Users can shop online, but Northumberland County Council takes
no responsibility for anything bought on library PCs. The
council uses filtering software to block access to websites that
could be judged to be inappropriate.
However, the filtering software is not infallible and can
sometimes block sites that may not be inappropriate. If this
happens ask a member of staff and we will try and get the block
The maximum session that can be booked at a time is
one hour. Additional time can be booked if a
computer is available. Library members are entitled to use
the computers for free for 2 hours a day.
Some libraries have short stay PCs that only
allow use for 15 minutes.
You do not have to book in advance but the PCs can get busy.
Computer booking can be made one week in advance by phoning
your local library.
Free of charge for up to two hours per day for library members
(£1 per additional half hour).
£1 per half hour for guests or visitors using the PC
Children Using the Computers
All library members can use the service, although there are
some rules for the following age groups:
8 years and under must be accompanied at all times by a
parent or guardian.
9 - 15 years may use the PCs unaccompanied but must have
Most libraries have specially designed computers for disabled
users with a large text keyboard, a large screen and a
tracker ball mouse.
The PC desks are height adjustable and all PCs have text
magnifying software and other accessibility options.
If you need help using the PCs or would like more information
please ask your local library staff.
For more information on access for disabled people in your library
click here to visit Disabled Go.
Click here for more information on our
libraries' services for disabled people.
Printing, Scanning and Photocopying
Click on option you would like more information about.
All of our libraries have computer printing facilities
that print in colour and in black and white. Some printers
print in different sizes or double sided and library staff will be
happy to help you to do this.
There is a small fee for printing: 20p per sheet for black
and white and 30p per sheet for colour.
A selection of our libraries have a
scanner attached to a PC so you are able to scan
your documents and photographs. From here you can then
email, print or save your scanned documents.
It is free to use the scanner but to print a copy of a scanned
document the printing fees apply: 20p to print
an A4 black and white copy and 30p to print
an A4 colour copy.
Libraries that Provide Scanning:
There are photocopying facilities at some of our
libraries. Some libraries have black and white photocopiers
and some have colour; please see the list below to find out if your
library has a black and white or colour photocopier.
- To photocopy in A4: the cost is 20p per
sheet for black and white and 30p per sheet for colour.
- To photocopy in A3: the cost is 40p per
sheet for black and white and 60p per sheet for colour.
- For community groups: the cost is 5p
per sheet for A4 black and white and 10p per sheet for A4 colour
Libraries that Provide Photocopying:
For more information on any of these facilities please
contact your local library.