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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: 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 14 January 2019 we have upgraded Beverley Library, Bridlington Central Library, Bridlington North Library, Cottingham Centre, Goole Library, Hedon Centre 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, all the computer activities taking place across the East Riding can be found on our computer events section of the website

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?

Safer Internet Day 2019

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated in the UK on Tuesday 5 February. It’s a chance to focus on how we use the internet and technology safely, responsibly and positively.

East Riding Libraries are providing a variety of resources and information about keeping safe online and to support Safer Internet Day.

Take a look at events and resources aimed at keeping you safe online.

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

Booklets for parents

NSPCC - Online safety - A guide for parents (pdf 283kb opens in new window) 

NSPCC - A parents guide to being Share Aware (pdf 1mb opens in new window)

Website links for parents and children

UK Safer Internet Centre (external website) 

BBC Own IT (external website) 

Cyber Aware - Government website (external website)

Short online courses/guides

These courses and guides are self-paced and can take as little as 30 minutes to complete.

Learn My Way - Introduction to internet safety (external website) *Requires registration to begin

Digital Unite - Identity theft and online safety. Guides to making sure that your personal information stays private (external website) 

Digital Unite - Anti Virus. Guides on how to keep your computer clean, healthy and virus-free (external website) 

Digital Unite - Internet safety for kids. A guide on how to set those all important parental controls on the computer that your child uses (external website) 

Tutorful - A guide on how to keep kids safe online (external website) 

Longer online courses 

Both require online registration to begin.

Future Learn - Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life. 3-week online course for 3 hours per week (external website) 

Future Learn - Introduction to Cyber Security. 8-week online course for 3 hours per week (external website)

*This course is accredited by GCHQ Certified Training and The Institute of Information Security Professionals.

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 forgotten 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.
  • Black and white, 40p per A3 page (available at Hedon Centre only)
  • Colour, £1.00 per A3 page (available at Hedon Centre only)

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: 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, Haltemprice Library and Customer Services, Hedon Centre, Hessle Centre, and Hornsea Library. 

Costs for printing are:

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

Price per A3 sheet (available at Hedon Centre only).
Black and White: 40p
Colour: £1.00

Instructions on how to send and retrieve your printing are below:

1. Email your document to the relevant email address:

Beverley Library

Colour A4: bevcolour@printspots.com
Black and White A4: bevmono@printspots.com

Bridlington Central Library

Colour A4: bridcolour@printspots.com
Black and White A4: bridmono@printspots.com         

Bridlington North Library

Colour A4: norbridcolour@printspots.com
Black and White A4: norbridmono@printspots.com

Cottingham Centre

Colour A4: cotcolour@printspots.com
Black and White A4: cotmono@printspots.com

Goole Library

Colour A4: goocolour@printspots.com
Black and White A4: goomono@printspots.com

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services

Colour A4: haltcolour@printspots.com 
Black and White A4: haltmono@printspots.com

Hedon Centre

Colour A4: hedcolour@printspots.com
Black and White A4: hedmono@printspots.com
Colour A3: hedmonoa3@printspots.com
Black and White A3: hedcoloura3@printspots.com

Hornsea Library

Colour A4: horcolour@printspots.com
Black and White A4: hormono@printspots.com

Hessle Centre

Colour A4: hesscolour@printspots.com
Black and White A4: hessmono@printspots.com

2. Receive a Privacy Release Code 

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

3. 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 first print, you can reprint up to 10 times within 1 hour.

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)