Bolton Library and Museum Services

Computers and the Internet

Computers and the Internet

Come and use our computers for free! We have approximately 200 computers available for you to use throughout Bolton libraries.  Even our smaller libraries have public computers so come on in and take advantage of this free service. Wi-Fi is available in all our libraries, just ask the staff next time you visit and they can help you log on to.  The Central Library also has scanning facilities with a charge per page scanned. Visit the Library Charges page for more details.


You can use our computers to;

  • Access the internet and use web based email
  • Use Microsoft Office 2010 applications (Word, Excel, Access, Frontpage, Publisher, InfoPath, and Powerpoint)
  • Print documents in black and white (colour printing available in some libraries) 
  • Save documents onto a USB 'flash' drive (memory stick)


Booking a computer

Advanced bookings are not always necessary. If all computers are in use when you visit, you will be entered into a queue. You can pre-book a session up to one week in advance.

Bookings can be made in person when you visit the library or by telephone. Contact details for all our libraries can be found on the Plan your visit page.


How long can I use the computers for?

You can use the computer for up to an hour per day, for free. If there is no queue it is possible to book additional time on a computer. There is a charge for additional time, see the Library charges.

Additional free computer time can be made available for certain activities such as job searching, benefits applications and study or homework. Please ask a member of staff if you need an extended session for one of these purposes.

What do I do if I haven't finished my work at the end of my hour?

Five minutes before a session is due to end, the system will issue a warning. Two minutes before the session ends, the system will issue a critical warning. It is important to save your work at this time otherwise you will lose it.  You can then either book for another day or pay for additional time, dependent upon demand.

Please note; The computers are only available up until 15 minutes before close of business.

Can I bring in my own memory stick to use on the computers?

Yes - you may attach media storage devices to suitably equipped computers.  Under no circumstances can you attach any devices with processing capability to library computers. These include laptop computers, PDAs and mobile phones.


Internet usage terms and conditions

By using our computers you agree to be bound by our terms and conditions of use.