Can I bring in my own equipment to use in the library?

We welcome users with laptops in any of our desked areas and there are special power sockets within the Bath Central Library quiet study area, Keynsham Library and Midsomer Norton Library. Library users must not use any other power sockets for powering or charging personal devices.

The majority of our libraries (excluding the mobile library & Moorland Road) have free WiFi. Members and visitors can also access the internet on the People's Network computers.

You may see exhibitors in the Bath Library exhibition space with their own equipment plugged in - this is in accordance with the bookings procedure and only done with the prior agreement of the Library Managers.

Can anyone use the computers and other IT facilities?

Yes, but you are encouraged to join the library first. Becoming a member is free and it's very easy to join - find out how to join. If you are only visiting the area for a short time, then we can provide you with a visitor card that will allow you to access the internet.

Do I have to pay to use a computer?

No. You can use the People's Network computers in our library branches free of charge.

Do I need to book first?

No. All computers are available for use by direct login, although you will need to have your membership number and PIN ready. Library members will have a maximum of 2 hours computer time, which can be used over one or multiple sessions. Visitors and quick access users will have a maximum of 30 minutes computer time.

Sessions can be booked in advance through self-serve computers in main libraries or by phoning Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41.

You can also use the computers in any LibrariesWest authority library with your existing membership card. Please note that individual Local Authority user policies will apply.

What software packages are available?

All computers have the standard Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

Are printers available?

Yes. Black & white and colour printers are available at Bath Central LibraryKeynsham Library and Midsomer Norton Library. Black & white printers are also available at Moorland Road Library, Paulton Library, Radstock Library, Saltford Library and Weston Library. Printing charges of 10p per sheet for black & white and 50p per sheet for colour apply. 

Can I access the internet and /or check my emails?

Internet access is available on all the People's Network computers; however certain sites will be restricted due to their content. Children logging in will also have restricted access. Email accounts can be accessed as normal from all People's Network computers. You may need to set up a web based email account such as Outlook.com (Hotmail) to do this first.

For more information, please see the IT & Internet Policy.

What library services can I access online?

You can search the whole LibrariesWest catalogue, and reserve and renew items with our 24 hour services. 

What special sites can I use by being a library member?

Library members get access to many subscription electronic resources for free - you can even access most of them from home. For more details, please see Information & Research Websites.

Is there anyone in the Library who can support me with IT?

We have Volunteer IT Guides who can support you with all kinds of digital challenges. These Volunteers are available at Bath Central Library, please see IT Guides in Bath Central Library for more information.

Computer cut-off times

All computers in our libraries automatically shut down 10 minutes before closing time. We are unable to make any exceptions to these timings. We advise all users to give themselves at least 5 minutes to allow time for finishing off any documents, getting any printing done and logging off.

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