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Using our computers

Every library has computers available for free use. You can use the library computers to access the internet, email accounts and to use our installed programs, including the LibreOffice Suite:

  • Writer (equivalent to Microsoft Word)
  • Calc (equivalent to Excel)
  • Impress (equivalent to PowerPoint)
  • Base (equivalent to Access)

Your files will not be kept on the library computers, it is advisable to bring a USB memory stick with you to save your work or to store scanned files. If you don't have one, you can buy one from your local library.

Please note that all our computers are set to automatically shut down 10 minutes before library closing times. You will always receive an automated warning prior to that informing you of the close down.

First-time users

If you're not yet a library member, join online now or visit a library to get started.

You'll also need to read and sign the Conditions of Use (75 KB) and return to your local library. Please also read our guidance if you are a parent, carer or young person. 

Book a computer in advance

You can book a computer in advance online or by calling your library. You'll need the barcode number from your library card and your PIN.

Help and support with using computers

If you're just starting out, there are many ways we can help.

  • We stock computer books for beginners

  • Staffordshire Adult and Community Learning Service run beginner and follow-on computer classes in many libraries

  • Some libraries can put you in touch with an IT buddy - a library volunteer who can provide you with support in using computers. Please see the page about your library and contact them for further information.

  • From time to time, we also offer activities such as digital photography and sessions on researching your local and family history online

  • If you are blind or partially sighted, we have large print keyboards and software that can magnify print, read webpages aloud and allow you to choose a colour scheme to suit you.

  • There are printing and scanning facilities in all libraries with a  small charge for anything that you want to print.

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