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Computers and internet access

It’s free to use computers at all our libraries. You’ll also have free access to the internet and high-speed wifi.   

If you're under 16, you’ll need permission from a parent or guardian to use our computers. You can pick up a parental permission form from any library.  

Book a computer session 

At quieter times, a computer may be available to use without booking. However, we do recommend booking a computer session in advance.

If you have a library membership card, you can book by calling or visiting your local library.   

You can also book a computer session online. To do this, you’ll need your library card number and PIN.

Book online for libraries in Bournemouth.

Book online for libraries in Christchurch or Poole.    

Using our computers 

You'll need your library card and PIN to sign into a computer. You’ll have 5 minutes from the start of your session to do this.  

Anything saved on our public computers is automatically deleted once you sign out. So make sure you save your work to a USB flash drive or CD.   

You’re welcome to use your own flash drive, but if your device needs to install software or its own drivers it may not work on our computers.  

Wifi 

Free high-speed wifi is available at all our libraries, so you can access the internet on your own mobile device.  

You do not have to be a library member to use our free wifi, but you will need to read and accept the terms and conditions of use.  

Printing is not currently available via our wifi network.  

Help using computers and wifi 

Just ask a member of the library team if you need help to access the wifi or when using our computers. 

Some of our libraries offer free one-to-one help sessions and regular free sessions for beginners with our computer buddies.  

Special equipment 

Special keyboards, a trackball pointing devices and large monitors are available. We also have an adjustable desk for wheelchair users at Poole Library. If you require any of these, please tell us when you book your computer session. Each library is fitted with a hearing loop. 

Other ways to learn about IT 

We recommend the guides from Digital Unite

Learndirect has lots of IT courses, some of which are free. To find what you’re looking for, just use the search facility on the site. 

If you’d rather go to lessons on a regular basis, see what Skills and Learning have to offer. From basic computer skills to shopping on eBay, there's something for everyone.