We have computers which can be booked by members of the public in all Nottinghamshire public libraries.
In larger libraries there may be separate computers for children under 14 and adults
From library computers you can access the internet including web based e-mail such as Yahoo and Hotmail. Computers also have word processing and desk top publishing software installed.
The Council has subscriptions to a number of online reference resources which can be accessed by people using computers in libraries. These include ancestry and archive services.
WiFi is available in selected libraries.
- All PCs have screen magnification software
- Other adaptive hardware is available. Please ask a member of staff.
- Some libraries have height adjusted desks.
Upgrades and disruption
During the autumn and winter we will be making a number of changes to our public computers to upgrade them and update our service. We will try to keep the disruption to a minimum but there will be some days when our service will be unavailable. Details of any disruptions will be posted on our website, Facebook page and Twitter account.
Upgrade to our booking system (Netloan)
Our public computers will be unavailable for the whole day on Tuesday 2 October.
We will be upgrading to a new version of our booking and computer management system. This is a change we have to make as the version we are currently on will no longer be supported by the supplier after January 2013.
Further changes to come:
- Replacement of some computers
- Introduction of a new printing system (already started in some libraries)
- Update of adobe, Flash Shockwave etc for all pcs
- Move to Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 10
- An updated desktop
Most PCs are bookable up to three weeks in advance. In larger libraries we also have 30 minute drop-in machines.
When you book, you can select the library, the date, the time and the length of your session. You will need your library card number and your PIN code.
Sessions can be booked:
Online - Enter library card number with no spaces, first eight numbers only. Enter PIN code. Go to Reservations button and select the library you need. If there is an arrow to the right of the library name select Adult or Junior PC.
Follow on-screen instructions.
- from a library computer
- On a self-service kiosk in one of the following libraries
- via the Customer service centre tel: 0300 500 80 80
- in person by asking a member of staff.
If you do not have a PIN, or have forgotten yours, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can book sessions of 30 or 60 minutes depending on availability.
Each day you can use a PC for up to two hours. Maximum three sessions a day.
At our largest libraries you can use three hours in a day. Ask staff for details.
Using Your Own Laptop
You should be able to bring your own laptop and power it in the library. Please ask a member of staff for a circuit breaker before plugging in.
Unfortunately laptops can not be plugged into the internet via a datacable but we do have WiFi at several of our libraries.
WiFi is available in some of our larger libraries:
You will need a library card to access this service. Unfortunately we do not have WiFi printing capability.
Saving and Downloading Information
You can save your information to a CD (CD-R or CD-RW) or to a USB flash drive. Some of our PCs still have floppy disc drives but these are being phased out.
N.B. Anything saved on the computers is wiped between sessions for your security.
Memory Sticks For Sale
USB Memory sticks (1GB) are available at £5.00 each
All libraries have their PCs linked to at least one colour printer. Printers are set up to automatically print in black and white and double sided. But you can choose other options.
Unfortunately it is not possible to print over WiFi.
Charges are payable for printing per side of A4:
- Black and white - 15p
- Colour - 40p
Scanners are available at the libraries below. Please ask when booking as scanners may need to be used on specific machines.