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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?

People using ComputersGet onto the Internet for free.

Use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher on the library computers for free.

Access a range of online resources for free on a library computer including Which and Ancestry Library Edition. 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 for free.  Click here to visit the online catalogue.

You can use your memory stick on the public access computers.

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 a form will appear online where you can request to have the block removed.

Acceptable Use Policy

Terms and Conditions

Booking Information

The maximum session that can be booked at a time is one hour. Additional time can be booked if a computer is available. 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 or visiting your local library.


Computer Charges

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 facilities.


Children Using the Computers

Children aged 8 years and under must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian. Children aged 9 - 15 years may use the PCs unaccompanied but must have parental permission.


Disabled Users

All of our libraries have specially designed computers for disabled users with a large text keyboard, a large screen and a tracker ball mouse available upon request. Please note requested items may not always be available on the day so where possible please make requests in advance.

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 and choose libraries in the list.

Printing, Scanning and Photocopying



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:

Amble, Ashington, Bedlington, Bedlington Station, Berwick, Blyth, Cramlington, Ellington, Haltwhistle, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Hirst, Lynemouth, Morpeth, Newbiggin, Rothbury and Seaton Valley.



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 photocopying.


Libraries that Provide Photocopying:

Black and white: Alnwick, Ashington, Berwick, Blyth, Haydon Bridge, Hexham Hirst and Morpeth

Colour: Ashington, Cramlington, Haltwhistle, Hirst, Lynemouth, Ponteland and Seaton Valley


For more information on any of these facilities please contact your local library.




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