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Computers and WiFi in Libraries

Computer and WiFi access

We have recently made some changes to the way you can use computers in our libraries. Please look at the changes below, especially about staff booking a computer for you.

Using WiFi on a laptopUsing a library computer         

Booking a computer

  • Using our computers is free for library members. If you are a visitor there is a charge
  • You can drop-in and use any available computers, but all customers computer time must be booked with a member of staff at the desk upon arrival. 
  • From 6 July we recommend phoning ahead to book a computer with one of our reopened libraries, to make sure it is available when you arrive. 
  • All slots are for 45 minutes, to allow time for cleaning and maintenance between sessions. 
  • At busy times, or to allow for access to as many people as possible, there may be limited availability booking in advance. 

Using a library computer

Nottingham City Libraries have Windows 10 computers with access to the internet, scanning, printing and Microsoft Office 365 applications. Plus an accessible USB drive to allow you to save your work.

When using a library computer you must agree to our Library computer access policy.

For Library Members:

  • Book a computer at your local library with a member of staff at the desk or over the phone in advance. 
  • Use library computers free of charge but limited to 45 minute time slots (to allow for a 15 minute cleaning and maintenance check in line with government guidelines.) 
  • Consecutive reservations may not be allowed for computers to give time slots to as many people as possible while libraries are operating a reduced service.
  • Print in colour, black & white, A4 and A3 charges apply

Non-library members can:

If you are under the age of 18 you will need written permission from a parent or carer.



Free public WiFi provided by GovWiFi is available in all Nottingham City Libraries and many other Nottingham City Council buildings.

  • The first time you want to use GovWifi you will need to sign-up with your email address and set up your device. Ask the library staff for instructions on how to connect.
  • When using GovWiFi you must also agree to our GovWiFi Acceptable Use Policy.

Whilst there are social distancing measures in place and shorter opening hours, we may sometimes request customers limit their time in the library.

Printing and photocopying


  • A4 and A3 Black and White and Colour Printing are available in all our libraries when using our library public computers. Photocopying will also be available. There is normally a charge to print, please bring the correct change to pay at the printer/photocopier coin box.
  • Printing from your own laptops or other mobile devices is not currently available


  • All our libraries have scanning facilities that are free to use. You can scan A4 and A3 papers to your USB for free using our printers You cannot scan directly to an email from the printers
  • If you wish to scan to your email you will need to use our flatbed scanners
  • A computer with a flatbed scanner is available in every library. Use of these library computers is very popular, please mention to staff when booking that you need a scanner.

Computer learning

We are currently unable to offer 121 computer help sessions in our Libraries,  however, we have links to trusted help with doing things online.

Pay day loan and gambling website policy


Nottingham City Council believes that payday loans are detrimental to the health and economic well-being of Nottingham's citizens.

The Council is supporting: stricter controls over payday loan companies and premises; stricter regulation of advertising for payday loan companies; and the promotion of credit unions which provide a safer loan alternative to vulnerable citizens.

As a result, all payday loan company websites will be blocked and inaccessible on all Nottingham City Council computers, including public computers in libraries from Thursday 19th September 2013.

For information on alternatives and advice on financial services visit the Welfare Rights Service.

Gambling sites

In addition, after further review the decision to block gambling websites on all Nottingham City Council Library computers was taken and is in effect from 1 November 2019.

To make comment on these policies or any Nottingham City Council matter you can Have Your Say via the online comments and complaint system.