Internet and computers in libraries | Oxfordshire County Council

Internet and computers in libraries

Free access to internet and computers in our libraries.

Library computers are free to library members and visitors to use for up to 60 minutes a day. You need to be a member in order to book online.

Booking a computer

Computers are in great demand, so it is advisable to book in advance. You can reserve a computer up to seven days ahead using your library card. You can book online for computers at:

  • Abingdon
  • Banbury
  • Bicester
  • Blackbird Leys
  • Botley
  • Carterton
  • Cowley
  • Didcot
  • Eynsham
  • Headington
  • Henley
  • Kidlington
  • Summertown
  • Thame
  • Wallingford
  • Wantage
  • Witney

How to book

You will need your library membership card number and your PIN. Children's computers can only be booked with a children's card number. You must have an adult membership card (over 15) to book an adult computer.

Please be aware that you will lose your session if you do not take up your reservation within 10 minutes of the start time.

In some libraries the number of "drop in" computers which can be used without needing to be a member of Oxfordshire Libraries is limited, or the time allowed on those computers is limited. This is to help us manage demand. You can join Oxfordshire Libraries for free at any time.

To book a computer at any library, you can also:

  • telephone us
  • ask at the library desk.

Reserving a computer does not guarantee its availability. If the specific PC you requested becomes unavailable due to technical problems we will try to transfer your reservation to another PC.

No more than two people may use a computer at one time, subject to the discretion of library staff.

Booking a computer with a scanner

There is at least one scanner per library and more in the larger libraries. To identify these computers on the online booking system, hold the cursor over the PC number you wish to book and the description standard or with scanner will appear.

Internet access and other resources

As well as computers with free internet access, you can also find access to many online reference resources including Ancestry Library Edition.

Introduction to computers

All Oxfordshire libraries are UK Online centres and we will help you to sign up to UK Online’s Learn My Way, an excellent self-help introduction to computers and the internet that you can use to learn at your own pace. Some libraries also offer regular free computer help sessions in addition to special events. Please ask staff for further details or check our upcoming events.

Accessibility tools

Screen magnification and screen reading software are available on all computers.

Cost

The use of computers is free of charge. However, there are charges for printing and charges may be applied for other services.

Children and young people

Children under the age of 15 will only be allowed to use a designated children's computer.

Conditions of use

See our Library Computers - Conditions of Use policy (pdf format, 164Kb).

Last reviewed
05 May 2016
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