Computers and Internet in libraries

Library computers

All Warwickshire County Council managed libraries have computers with Internet and Microsoft Office. Scanning and photo editing is available at all libraries.

You can print, save to the hard drive temporarily, and save to external devices.

Book a library PC – book your next session online.

Library costs and fines – charges for computer use and printing.

Online Reference Library – subscription websites available for free, including family history resource, Ancestry, and Theory Test Pro for learner drivers.

Members

Library members have 60 minutes free computer use per day, bookable or drop in. Sessions can be extended if the computer is available. Two hour sessions are also available, bookable in advance.
Library costs and fines – charges for computer use and printing.

Non-members

Visitors / Non-members and temporary members can purchase computer time:
Library costs and fines – charges for computer use and printing.

Children

Children (members and non-members) can visit our ‘Walled Garden’ of filtered websites, free of charge.

Young people, aged 12-15 years or 11 years and attending Secondary School, can visit sites outside of the Walled Garden if a parent, grandparent, carer or guardian give permission, in person.

Booking

Computers can be booked in advance via Book a library pc online with a library card number and PIN. Alternatively Contact a library. Bookings are held for 10 minutes from the session start time.

At the library, go straight to the booked computer and enter your library card number and PIN.

Accessibility

All libraries have ZoomText magnification and screen reader software and Jaws screen reader software.


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Wi-Fi in Warwickshire libraries

Free Internet access on your laptop and mobile device.

Libraries with Wi-Fi

All Warwickshire County Council managed libraries

How to connect

Connect to WCC Public Wi-Fi network and register via any web browser with your email address and mobile phone number.  You will receive a text message containing a password which will last for one week.  Register again whenever a new is password is required.

Get Connected with WCC Public Wi-Fi in libraries (PDF, 274.83 KB) – guidelines and instructions for selected devices.

What’s available from our WiFi.

You have the same Internet access, email, messaging and searching as customers using the Library computers.

You can access most of our Reference and learning websites via our WiFi. Ancestry and Find My Past are not available but can be accessed from a library computer.

You cannot print via our Wi-Fi but you can print from our library computers.


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New to computers and Silver Surfers

We can help with simple guidance and getting started with computers and the Internet.

One to one sessions

One to one sessions with a Library ICT and Learning Officer are available in County Council managed libraries.  Contact us for more information and to book a session.  Library costs and fines – charges for events and sessions.

Silver Surfers

Internet and email help, from our volunteers, is available for the over 50s in County Council managed libraries. Booking is essential at some libraries because of high demand. Contact us for more information and to book a session – find a library.

Silver Surfers

Venues & times

LibraryWhen
Alcester LibraryThursdays 10:00 – 12:00
Atherstone LibraryMondays 10:00 – 12:00
Bedworth LibraryWednesdays 14:00 – 16:00
Coleshill LibraryThursdays 10:00 – 12:00
Kenilworth LibraryThursdays 14:30 – 16:30
Leamington Spa LibraryMondays 14:00 – 16:00
Nuneaton LibraryThursdays 14:00 – 16:00
Polesworth LibraryThursdays 10:00 – 12:00
Rugby LibraryMondays 10:30 – 12:30
Southam LibraryThursdays 13:00 – 14:00 and 14:15 – 15:15
Shipston LibraryTuesdays 14:00 to 16:00
Stockingford LibraryMondays 14:00 – 16:00
Stratford upon Avon LibraryMondays, 13:00 – 15:00
Warwick LibraryTuesdays 14:00 – 16:00
Wellesbourne Libraryfirst and third Fridays of the month, 10:00 – 12:00
Whitnash LibraryTuesdays 14:00 to 16:00
Wolston LibraryMondays 14:30 – 17:00


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iKiosk self-service – avoid the queue

Leamington, Nuneaton, Rugby and Stratford upon Avon Libraries have self-service iKiosks located near their computer suites. You can:

  • print documents
  • top-up computer credit
  • book future computer bookings
  • check computer availability

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Safe use

Anti-virus software is regularly updated and external devices are virus checked before use. The County Council accepts no responsibility for any material lost as a result of virus checking. The County Council accepts no responsibility for any viruses saved to removable media and taken home.

Adult and child Internet access is filtered using a commercial software filtering package that prevents access to sites that may contain inappropriate or unsafe material under a range of categories. No filtering software is 100% effective; if you think a site should be blocked or has been blocked inappropriately, please speak to a member of staff or complete the online form on the website blocked message page.

You are advised to select the ‘end session’ button when you have finished using the computer. This will remove all items from the history, favourites and cookies files. You are also advised to log out of any web facilities such as email or chat.


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Acceptable use agreement

Failure to comply with the agreement below can result in facilities being withdrawn. The sending or copying of material in violation of any laws is prohibited. This includes copyright, and threatening or pornographic material.

Computers – Acceptable Use Agreement

  1. Warwickshire County Council provide free public access to the Internet and other computer resources as part of its role in providing access to information, education and leisure opportunities for the whole community and as part of its commitment to supporting lifelong learning. You can only use the computers using your own library ticket number or a guest id provided by staff.
  2. Responsibility for activities carried out on the Internet, including financial transactions, rests solely with the individual user and never with the County Council. This also applies to any downloaded material for use elsewhere.
  3. Children are actively encouraged to use the Internet and require the consent of their parents/carers to do so if between 12* & 15 years. Children under-12 can only access the ’walled garden’ closed Internet facility and may do so without any parental consent. Warwickshire County Council affirm the right and responsibility of parents/carers of children to determine and monitor their own children’s use of Warwickshire County Council materials and resources, including the Internet (* 11 years if attending Secondary School).
  4. Warwickshire County Council has no control over the information provided on the Internet and cannot be held responsible for the quality, authenticity or accuracy of information obtained. Neither has it any control of the performance of the Internet.
  5. Material can be printed from the Internet on payment of the appropriate charge and must comply with current copyright regulations.
  6. The Internet contains a wide variety of information and opinions. Warwickshire County Council strives to balance the rights of users to access these resources with the rights of people to use a public environment free from disruptive sounds and offensive visual images.
  7. Filtering software is used to restrict access to sites that Warwickshire County Council deems inappropriate and/or offensive. The effectiveness of any filtering software cannot be guaranteed and any user can recommend that access to a particular site can be permitted or denied.
  8. The user undertakes not to create or access any obscene, offensive or defamatory material, nor to interfere with the hardware, software or operation of the computers, or to attempt to gain unauthorised access to the network.
  9. The user will indemnify Warwickshire County Council and keep Warwickshire County Council fully and effectively indemnified against all actions, proceedings, claims, demands, damages and costs occasioned to Warwickshire County Council as a result of any breach of this undertaking.
  10. Warwickshire County Council will monitor usage of the Internet and other computer resources via software and visual checks. Any attempt by users to access prohibited sites or other unauthorised material may result in further action being taken, including the withdrawal of Internet access.
  11. Please note that under the Obscene Publications Act (1959 & 1964) and the Telecommunications Act (1984), it is an offence to publish an obscene article and to transmit a message or any other matter that is grossly offensive, indecent or threatening over the telephone lines in England and Wales.
  12. The user agrees not to use our computers to download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including BBC iPlayer, or receive live TV programmes or extracts.

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Computers and Internet in libraries was last updated on February 15, 2017.


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