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Computers, Printing & Wifi Access

Essential use of free computers, printing & WiFi in many of our libraries.

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From Thursday 31 December, computers accessed via the library must be for essential use (e.g. job searches, work, benefits applications, contacting family, education). Computers must be booked in advance by contacting staff at the library.

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Booking a computer

  • You can book a computer at one of our available libraries and by speaking to a team member over the phone.
  • All computer time must be booked with a team member in advance before arriving at an available library.
  • All slots are for a maximum of 45 minutes. This allows 15 minutes for cleaning and maintenance between sessions.
  • There may be limited availability at some libraries.
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Using a computer

    • Essential use of computers includes anyone applying for a job or for benefits, as well as for contacting family and friends in an emergency.
    • Using our computers is free for library members, if you are not a member you can join the library online. If you are a visitor there is a charge.

Nottingham City Libraries have Windows 10 computers with access to:

      • Internet
      • Scanning
      • Printing in colour, black & white, A4 and A3 (charges apply)
      • Microsoft Office 2016 applications
      • 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.

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

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

  • The first time you use our public WiFi you will need to sign-up. Please ask the library staff for instructions on how to connect.
  • Printing is currently not available from personal devices, to print you must be logged on to a library computer.

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

  • 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, A4 and A3 black and white and colour.
  • There is normally a charge to print, please bring the correct change to pay at the printer/photocopier coin box.

Printing from personal laptops or other mobile devices is not currently available.

All our libraries have scanning facilities that are free to use.

  • Using the printer / photocopier you can scan A4 and A3 papers to your USB. You cannot scan directly to an email from the printers.
  • Using our flatbed scanners you can also scan directly to email and so will need to book a computer in advance.
  • A computer with a flatbed scanner is available in every library. These library computers are very popular and have limited availability, please contact us when booking if you need a flatbed scanner.

Printing and photocopying: cash only in machine coin box.

Please have exact change as due to current Covid-19 restrictions there is no cash handling by staff.

TypeCharge (standard)Charge (under 18s)
A4 Black and White£0.15 per side£0.10p per side
A3 Black and White£0.30 per side£0.15 per side
A4 Colour£0.50 per side£0.25 per side
A3 Colour£1 per side£0.50 per side
ScanningFreeFree
Faxing (sending in the UK)£0.70£0.70
Faxing (sending internationally)From £1 plusFrom £1 plus
Fax (receiving)£0.70£0.70

There may be additional charges for staff-assisted document copying for Local Studies materials. Please ask staff for details.

Discounts for printing or photocopying: Free printing in homework sessions (max 10 A4 sheets).

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

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.

GovWifi Acceptable Use Policy

Nottingham City Libraries Computer Acceptable Use Policy