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Library computers

Join the library to book and learn how to use computers. See available software applications and computer facilities at libraries. How to print from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or home PC. 

How do I book a library computer?

All branch libraries and some mobile libraries have computers which are free for you to use.

You do not always need to book a computer session, it depends on how busy the library is, but you can book up to a one-hour session per day by popping in or calling the library:

Find a branch library

View mobile library information

The first time you use the computers you will have to register and read and agree to the over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy and sign the over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form.

You will also need to take your library card to sign in each time you visit.

Library computers over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy (word 78kb opens in new window)

Over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form (pdf 51kb opens in new window)

Do I need to join the library to use the computers?

On the first occasion you will have to register to use the library computers and read and agree to the over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy and sign the over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form.

You will also need to take your library card to sign in each time you visit.

Library computers over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy (word 78kb opens in new window)

Over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form (pdf 51kb opens in new window)

Join the library online 

What software applications can I use at the library?

You can use:

  • Internet Explorer and Google Chrome with broadband connectivity for web searches and email
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Please note that as part of our library computer upgrade programme we will only be providing access to Google docs, sheets and slides software applications and not Microsoft Office. As of 4 May 2018 we have upgraded Beverley Library, Bridlington Central Library, Bridlington North Library, Cottingham Centre, Goole Library and Hessle Centre computers  
  • Picasa 3 photography editing software
  • Scanning facilities at all libraries except Leven Library and mobile libraries.

Social networking and music downloads

You cannot currently access social network or chat sites on library computers and music downloads are not permitted.

Do libraries have free WiFi?

Yes. All our branch libraries have free, unlimited WiFi.

Find a branch library

Can I learn about computers and the internet at the library?

Yes, the following computer activities are taking place across the East Riding:

  • Free internet help sessions in partnership with KCOM.
  • Micro:bits for loan.
  • Learn the basics of how to use a tablet.
  • Tablet Time are weekly group meetings to share knowledge and ideas about tablet computing. 
  • Code Club at selected libraries for children aged 9 to 11.
  • Free self-paced online computer courses.
  • Computer and digital skills courses run at East Riding Adult Learning Centres.

Read more about these computer events below:

Free internet help sessions in partnership with KCOM

Learn how to get online, help with computers, phones and tablets, new digital skills.

Digital skills are essential to get involved in the modern world, from booking holidays, to accessing learning, checking when your bin will be emptied, to renewing your library books – the digital world opens a lot of doors to information and opportunities, and potentially great savings of both time and money. East Riding Libraries are delighted to be working with KCOM for this project as developing digital skills has been at the core of East Riding Libraries and KCOM's work to ensure everyone has the chance to access the opportunities and information they need. No appointment necessary, just pop in.

Cottingham Centre 
Thursday 6 December, 9.30 to 11.30am
Tuesday 8 January, 9.30 to 11.30am
(01482) 393939 for more information

Leven  Library
Wednesday 5 December, 3.30 to 5.30pm
Wednesday 2 January, 3.30 to 5.30pm
(01964) 543360 for more information 

Swanland Library 
Wednesday 5 December, 9am to 12 noon
Wednesday 2 January, 9am to 12 noon
(01482) 634896 for more information


Micro:bits for loan

The Micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer available for loan free of charge from all East Riding Libraries. You can use the Micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. 

The Micro:bit is suitable for children and adults but as it contains small parts it is not suitable for children aged 3 years and under. Parental guidance is required for use by under 8 years. 
Reserve your Micro:bit (external website)


Learn the basics of how to use a tablet

Download the 'Tablet Time' guide and follow the suggestions to improve your skills and confidence in using your own device:

Tablet Time guide (pdf 347kb opens in new window)

Work through each level on your own, or join/start a 'Tablet Time' team. With this guide saved to your device, you can choose where to level up your tablet skills: At your local library using our free unlimited WiFi, from the comfort of your own home, or on the go.

Tablet Time

This informal team meet weekly in the library, with their tablets, to share knowledge and ideas. Everyone is welcome from beginners, through to more experienced users who can share knowledge and techniques with the rest of the team. Please bring your own tablet and participate in our group ethos: ‘Share problems – Share knowledge – Have fun’

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services 
Every Tuesday from 11am to 12 noon 
Tel: (01482) 393939

Goole Library 
Every Wednesday from 1 to 2pm 
Tel: (01405) 762187

Code Club

Code Club has teamed up with East Riding Libraries to deliver a network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Run weekly during term-time only, children will be able to progress their Coding skills whilst using their imagination to make creative projects. We make use of Scratch, HTML, CSS and Python software. 

Code Club is running in the following Libraries. Places are limited so please call the library to book your place or to get more information.

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services  
Mondays, 4 to 5pm 
Tel: (01482) 393939

Bridlington North Library  
Saturdays, 10.30 to 11.30am and 11.30am to 12.30pm
Tel: (01262) 671468

Driffield Centre  
Mondays, 4.30 to 5.30pm   
Tel: (01482) 393939 

Goole Library
Wednesdays, 4.30 to 5.30pm
Tel: (01405) 762187

Hessle Centre  
Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm   
Tel: (01482) 393939

Hornsea Library  
Tuesdays, 4.15 to 5.15pm  
Tel: (01964) 532561 

North Ferriby Library  
Thursdays, 4 to 5pm  
Tel: (01482) 632227

South Cave Library
Thursdays, 3.45 to 4.45pm
Tel: (01430) 422901

Stamford Bridge Library
Saturdays, 10.30 to 11.30am
Tel: (01759) 372487

Swanland Library  
Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm  
Tel: (01482) 634896

We are always looking to expand our events and Code Club needs volunteers to teach children to code in many areas of East Riding. If you are interested in volunteering for Code Club please register your details on the Code Club website.
Code Club (external website)

Free self-paced online computer courses

Our friendly library staff can guide you and support you to learn the basics of computing. All the branch libraries and some mobile libraries have the facilities to get you started with the basics of computing, using a mouse, using a keyboard, internet basics, setting up an email account, creating documents and much more.

We use the Learn My Way website, which allows you to learn at your own pace on days and times that suit you. Once you have learnt the basics of computing you can access many other free courses, for example, online shopping, using a digital camera, watching and listening online, staying safe online, finding a job online, the list is almost endless!

It is free to use the libraries desktop PCs, or if you have your own portable device like a tablet or laptop you can bring it into our branch libraries and use our free unlimited WiFi to go through your courses. There's even a course on using a touchscreen.

You can visit the Learn My Way website by clicking the link below. If you would like to give free self-paced computer courses a try you can do this from home or just go to your local library and ask any member of staff for more details.

Learn My Way (external website)

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information


Computer and digital skills courses at East Riding Adult Learning Centres

Whether you want to get started using a computer, laptop or tablet or get some experience and a qualification in using Microsoft Office software, East Riding Adult Learning Centres have a range of courses designed to help you in everyday life and work. Courses run at different times during the year.

Find out more and enrol

Can I learn the basics of using a tablet?

Download the 'Tablet Time' guide and follow the suggestions to improve your skills and confidence of using your own device: Tablet Time guide (pdf 347kb opens in new window)

Work through each level on your own, or join/start a 'Tablet Time' team. With this guide saved to your device, you can choose where to level up your tablet skills. At your local library using our free unlimited WiFi, from the comfort of your own home, or on the go.

Can I learn about internet safety?

We provide booklets to download for parents, website links for parents and children, and website links to free online courses and guides. 

Read more about our internet safety resources.

Can I look for a job online at the library?

You can search for jobs, write your CV and apply online for jobs. There is lots of online advice available and you can also use our library catalogue to search for books that will help you write your CV and provide useful information on interview techniques and so forth. 

You will need your library card number and PIN to do this. 

Jobs at the council (external East Riding website)

Library catalogue (external website)

How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a PIN is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or you have forgot your PIN, you can reset it.

Reset Your PIN (external website) 

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 

Can I scan, print and save my work on a library computer?

Facilities vary at each library. All have print facilities for A4 in black and white. Branch libraries also have A4 colour printing facilities and most have scanning facilities. Scanning is free but there is a small charge to print, see below for pricing:

Printing from public-use PCs

  • Black and white, 20p per A4 page.
  • Colour, 50p per A4 page.

A full list of library fees and charges is available on the library fees and charges page.

 You can't save your work on our computers as you would on a home computer. We suggest the following methods to save your work:

  • Memory stick/USB drive. Please note that password-protected memory sticks are not compatible with library computers
  • Create free online cloud storage. This is sometimes provided by your email provider or you could use Google drive or similar cloud storage services.

Can I print from my smartphone, tablet, laptop or home PC?

Yes you can. As part of our computer upgrade programme we are installing 'Click-Print-Go'. This enables you to send items to print from any mobile device or home PC and collect your printing securely within 72 hours.

'Click-Print-Go' is currently available at Beverley Library, Bridlington Central Library, Bridlington North Library, Cottingham Centre, Goole Library, Hornsea Library, and Haltemprice Library and Customer Services. Instructions on how to send and retrieve your printing are below.

1. Email your document to the relevant email address:

Beverley Library
Colour: bevcolour@printspots.com
Black & White: bevmono@printspots.com

Bridlington Central Library
Colour: bridcolour@printspots.com
Black & White: bridmono@printspots.com         

Bridlington North Library
Colour: norbridcolour@printspots.com
Black & White: norbridmono@printspots.com

Cottingham Centre
Colour: cotcolour@printspots.com
Black & White: cotmono@printspots.com

Goole Library
Colour: goocolour@printspots.com
Black & White: goomono@printspots.com

Hornsea Library
Colour: horcolour@printspots.com
Black & White: hormono@printspots.com

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services
Colour: haltcolour@printspots.com
Black & White: haltmono@printspots.com

Hessle Centre
Colour: hesscolour@printspots.com
Black & White: hessmono@printspots.com

2. You will receive a Privacy Release Code by return email from 'PrinterOn Printspots', normally within 1-2 minutes. Note that you receive separate, distinct codes for the email message and any attachment(s).

3. To retrieve your Printed Document; at the Click-Print-Go kiosk at the relevant library, enter your Privacy Release Code and press Print. Then make payment and press Confirm.  You have 72 hours to retrieve your document. After the 1st print you can reprint up to 10 times within 1 hour.

*Price per A4 sheet: Black & White 20p. Colour 50p. 

Can children and young people use the library computers?

Yes, children and young people can use the library computers but there are some rules and policies to follow. 

Read more to find out what these are:

Under 8-year-olds must use the computers with an adult who has read the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy, and signed the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form. Follow the links below to print these documents.

Library computers over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy (word 78kb)

Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form (pdf 51kb)

8 to 15 year-olds must get a parent’s signature and agree to the Under 16s Acceptable Use Policy.

  • Print a copy of the Under 16s Acceptable Use Policy from the link below.
  • Ask your parent or guardian to read and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Ask your parent or guardian to sign the form at the end and detach it.
  • Take the signed form along your local library.
  • You will also need to take your library card each time to sign in.

Under 16s Acceptable Use Policy (pdf 144kb)