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Library services

Free computer and internet access

Library members can use the internet free of charge for up to two hours a day and can have one 15 minute drop-in session.

Haven't got a Library card? Click here to find out how to join.

Most computers have desktop publishing, word processing, scanning and printing facilities. People's Network PCs provide internet and email access as well as access to Microsoft Office programs.

Under 16s computer use 

A parental consent form must be completed for anyone under 16 to register to use the library computers. Once this is done under 16s just need to show their library card to book a computer to use.

Remember: Be safe online.


Did you know that you are allowed up to three free computer print-outs per day if they are for helping with your homework?  Up to two of these can be colour.  Also, if we do not have a book for you to borrow, you are allowed to make up to three black and white photocopies from encyclopaedias, our homework collection stock or other reference stock.  Extra computer time and photocopies are also available for a small charge.

Saving information 

You can save to the hard drive temporarily or use a USB or CDR. You can buy USBs and CDRs in the library if you don't have one of your own.

Library computers reboot after each use and files saved on the hard drive are deleted. You can save files temporarily on to the hard drive while you are using the computer but files must be saved to a removable disc before your time runs out so the file is not deleted. Library staff cannot recover a file once your computer session has ended. 

Virus checking

All the computers have anti-virus software which is regularly updated. All USBs and CDs will be virus checked before use. 

Booking your session

You can book two free hours a day in only one library. Extra time on the computers can be booked for a small fee with concessions for Passport to Leisure and Learning holders and children. Booking extra time on computers can only be done in person in the library, is subject to availability and must be paid for in advance at the time of booking.

You can also ring your local library to book a session or book when you come into the library on a first come-first serve basis.

All the computers shut down 15 minutes before the library closes.

Booking online 

You can book your free daily computer session online, up to one week in advance. 

To do this you need to have your library card number, which you will find under the barcode and your PIN or you can call in or telephone your local library to check availability.

If you do not have a PIN, staff at your local library will give you one in person, over the phone or by e-mail and you can ask them to change your PIN if you wish.


  • your PIN is for your security. Please do not tell it to anyone else, as they will be able to get access to your library details
  • you can book for the next day at the end of your visit.

Acceptable Use of Coventry libraries' computers and the internet

You are responsible for the use of the computer and the internet during your booking. This booking must be made using your own library card. Library staff will monitor your use of the internet and other computer software, remotely or by visual checks.   

You must indicate your acceptance of this policy or you will not be able to use the computers or the Internet.  

  • The Council provides free public access to computers and the internet for your education and learning, information and leisure needs.
  • The Council has no control over the information provided over the internet and has no responsibility for the quality, authenticity, accuracy and legality of the information you get through the Internet. 
  • Filtering software is used to restrict access to illegal, offensive or inappropriate websites. We do not guarantee its effectiveness. 
  • Children and young people aged 15 or under must get written permission from their parent or guardian before they can use the internet.
  • TV programmes must not be watched as they are broadcast live on People's Network computers. There are no restrictions on 'non-live' programmes such as those available on Channel 4 'On Demand' (4OD) or BBC iPlayer.

You must not intentionally access or transmit material that is illegal. This includes pornographic, defamatory and materials inciting racial hatred, websites depicting or inciting terrorist or criminal acts. You should be aware of your responsibilities under the Obscene Publications Act (1959 and 1964), the Telecommunications Act (1984), The Race Relations Act (1976 and 2000). You must not access or transmit material that may be deemed to offend; for example sites of extreme violence or depicting death or suicide.

Remember these two things  

  • Your use of the internet may be monitored.
  • You are in a public place and other people may be able to see the sites you are on.

The following misuse of the People's Network will result in suspension

  • Any attempt to visit prohibited or illegal sites, damaging the equipment or altering computer settings.
  • Failure to tell staff immediately if you go on a prohibited website by mistake.
  • Printing material without following copyright law.  

 If you feel that you have been unfairly treated while using the computers or the internet or have been unfairly suspended, you have the right to appeal any decision made. 

Central Library


Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7683 2440

Central Library
Smithford Way

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