Computers and WiFi in Libraries
Free computer and WiFi access
Free to all GovWifi is now available in all libraries and members can also enjoy free, unlimited computer use.
Using a library computer
All 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.
Library members can:
- book a computer at your local library or online you'll need your library card number and PIN
- Enjoy free, unlimited use on library PCs: Payday loan sites are blocked, see the policy at the end of this page
- Book a maximum of 6 sessions up to 15 days in advance
- Create bookings up to a maximum of 2 hours
- Create consecutive reservations (if the computer is available, this excludes Scanner PCs and Short Stay PCs)
- Print in colour, black & white, A4 and A3 charges apply
Non-library members can:
- Sign on as a visitor for a small charge
- Join the library
If you are under the age of 18 you will need written permission from a parent or carer.
Booking a computer
- Using our computers is free for library members. If you are a visitor there is a charge
- You can just drop-in and use our computers. At busy times there may be limited availability booking in advance is advised. You will need to be a library member and know your library number and Pin code to book
- Once logged in you can choose a date up to 15 days in advance at any of our libraries. You can also choose the type of computer including computers with scanners and those specifically for child use
- Special computers on floor 1 of Nottingham Central Library for Family History and other special research can only be booked through the Local Studies Library
- A4 and A3 Black and White and Colour Printing are available in all our libraries when using our library public computers. There is normally a charge to print, pay by correct change at the printer 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, booking in advance is advised. Once logged in to the booking system select your library and choose your unit group (e.g. Scanner Computer) from the drop-down menu in Reservation tasks on the right of the booking screen
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.
We offer free sessions across all Nottingham City Libraries:
- Digital Support Hub at Nottingham Central Library, free drop in, every Wednesday between 10 am to 2 pm to take a more active role in your health and wellbeing
- One2One sessions covering computer basics, including an introduction to the internet and email contact a library to book
Assisted digital: help with computers for VISAs
Get help using a computer to apply for a VISA
UK Visas and Immigration offers a UK wide Assisted Digital service to support customers who need digital help to complete their immigration application online.
Our library staff can help people with:
- getting access to a computer
- getting access to the internet
- searching on GOV.UK
Please note we are limited to digital support only and we cannot advise on individual applications.
Contact We Are Digital to find out more or book a session:
Tel:03333 445 675 or Text message: text the word “VISA” to 07537 416944
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please include a telephone number you can be contacted on if possible).
Further guidance on Assisted Digital: UK Visas and Immigration Service can also be found here: assisted digital UK visas and immigration
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.
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.