Using computers in libraries

Computers are available free for everyone to use at all libraries in the city. Simply join the library and bring your membership card and library PIN.

Computers are available to use

  • for one hour per day, additional time £1 per hour, two hours free usage with concession

​​You can pre-book a slot by telephoning 01273 290800 or come in to use the computer booking system available in all Brighton & Hove libraries. Please note the computers shut down 15 minutes before the library closes.

Free Wi-Fi in libraries

All Brighton & Hove libraries, except Mile Oak, have free Wi-Fi access. Please ask staff if you need help connecting.

Free help with getting online and using computers with our Library Connect volunteers

Have fun learning how to use a computer, tablet or smartphone with the help of our friendly volunteers at your local library. Surf the net, download e-books, look up family history and lot's lot's more...

Whether you’re 18 or over 80 our free help sessions offer one-to-one tuition with a Library Connect volunteer and usually last 45 minutes. You can have up to 8 sessions with us.

Find out more about getting online in libraries

More information about computers in our libraries

What can I use the computers for?

  • surf the web, access your email and social media
  • Microsoft Office including word processing, spreadsheets and databases
  • printing at all libraries and scanning at selected libraries. There are charges for printing.
  • accessing your Library online account which allows you to search the catalogue, reserve items, manage your library account online, find out about new DVDs and books and submit your own reviews
  • accessing what's available for skills, learning, research, online resources and eBooks and eAudiobooks​​

When using our computers you must agree to our Acceptable use policy (PDF247KB)

What if I have special access needs?

All computers available for public use in all libraries have special software for dyslexic and visually impaired people. Each library also has:

  • at least one computer with software that enables printed material to be scanned and read out
  • at least one computer with an adjustable height table for ease of use with wheelchairs
  • special keyboards and mice to assist with various mobility and sensory problems

You can also adjust your computer and change your life! is a free easy to use onliine guide from AbilityNet.  It gives step-by-step instructions that are built into the latest computers, tablets and smartphones.  It shows you where to click and what settings to change.

Contact your local library for more information