Computers and the internet (public WiFi and usage Policy)
Using library computers
There are more than 200 computers in Barnet libraries, with access to a range of services including the internet, scannning and printing, Microsoft Office software and IT learning courses.
Computer use is free for up to an hour a day if you're a library member with a valid library card. There is a small charge if you don't have a library membership card or if you wish to use the computer for longer than an hour.
Many of the computers are self-service (PC Express). Just turn up and type in your library ticket number to use the computer. If you want to be sure a computer is available you can book in advance by asking the library staff.
If you use a computer in our libraries you will be asked to agree to abide by our Acceptable Usage Policy.
- hourly PC hire charge: £2.70 (£1.35 concessions)
- black and white printing, 10p per sheet
- colour printing: 50p per sheet.
Concessions apply to students and those claiming benefits. Proof of eligibility is required.
All Barnet libraries except for East Finchley (coming soon) have wireless internet connections that you can use with your own equipment. To access the wireless system you will need your Barnet library ticket and your PIN. If you do not have a PIN please speak to a member of library staff.
Barnet libraries runs ICT sessions for small groups of total beginners. Participants follow the BBC Computer Tutor Course with guidance from a member of staff. The set of four sessions covers basic mouse and keyboard skills, followed by an introduction to Windows and an introduction to the internet.
A range of computer courses are also delivered at East Barnet, Grahame Park and Hendon libraries by Barnet and Southgate College:
- Switch on to IT (beginners)
Ideal for absolute beginners, this course teaches the use of the mouse and keyboard as well as word processing, internet and email
- Click on to the net: including: browsers, website addresses, search engines, online forms, viruses, E-mail security and safety, shopping and social networking.
To be eligible for these courses you need to be a permanent UK resident, be aged 19+, and have basic English skills.
Please contact Barnet and Southgate College directly to book these courses. Please note that all courses are FREE.