London Borough of Barnet

Computers and the internet (public WiFi and usage Policy)

Using library computers

More than 200 computers in Barnet libraries provide access to

  • the internet
  • scannning and printing
  • Microsoft Office software
  • IT learning courses
  • Online resources
  • Ancestry.co.uk

Many of the computers are self-service (PC Express). Just turn up and type in your library ticket number to use the computer. You can apply online for a library ticket in advance of your visit. If you want to be sure a computer is available you can book in advance by asking the library staff. Visitors to the library can either apply for a temporary ticket or pay for hourly use.

All of our libraries have self service issue machines.

You must agree to abide by our Acceptable Usage Policy.

PCs turn off 15 minutes before the library closes.

Computer charges

  • first hour free each day for library ticket holders
  • 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.

Public Wifi

All Barnet libraries 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.

Computer classes

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 free 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. 

What's on

Computer clubs and events