Libraries - computers and internet
Wi-fi is available for library members bringing their own laptops or devices into the library. If you are a member you can use the library’s wi-fi for free by showing your e+ card or membership card in order to obtain the password.
There are computers in all our libraries for public use. Please read our internet use policy before using our computers.
Time limits and charges
Bracknell Forest Library members can use the computers free of charge for at least one hour a day. There is a charge of £3.50 per half hour for non-members (£3.60 from 1 April 2017).
Subject to availability, users are allowed a maximum of 2 hours per day in total. This can be staggered throughout the day or could be used in one sitting. Furthermore, a user can begin their session in one Bracknell Forest library and continue it in another library. The maximum time is two hours per day, not two hours per library.
You can book a computer in advance:
- in the library - on screen before your current session ends or at the counter
- from anywhere via our online booking system
- by calling customer services on 01344 352000 (please have your library membership number to hand)
If you have not booked a computer and you find that all the computers are in use when you arrive at the library, please go to the counter and ask a member of staff to book a session for you on the next available computer.
If you do not do this, current sessions may be extended by the people who are already using the computers and you will have to wait longer for a computer to become available.
If computers are available when you arrive, you can use them until the next booked session begins. The login screen will tell you how long you have until the next booking.
The internet is available through Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.
The software installed on our computers is OpenOffice.org 3. It includes the following:
- Writer (text documents; similar to Microsoft Word and WordPerfect)
- Calc (spreadsheet documents; similar to Microsoft Excel and Lotus 1-2-3)
- Presentation (for electronic slide presentations, similar to Microsoft Powerpoint and Apple Keynote)
- Drawing (vector graphics editor)
- Database (database management program; similar to Microsoft Access)
- Formula (for creating mathematical formulae; similar to Microsoft Equation Editor)
- Templates (existing models that can be used in documents such as labels and business cards)
- Adobe Reader (for viewing and creating pdfs)
- Apple QuickTime (multimedia framework)
- Real Player (allowing the playback of recorded media)
- Paint.Net (raster graphics editor, allowing the user to paint and edit pictures)
Use of USB storage device
Customers can upload and download files from and onto their own removable USB Flash Disc. Flash discs are available to purchase for £4.50 at all Bracknell Forest libraries (£5 from 1 April 2017).
In order to listen to multi-media, you must have your own headphones. You can purchase headphones in all Bracknell Forest libraries for £1.80 (£2 from 1 April 2017).
Printing and scanning
Printing costs 20p per A4 sheet for black and white copies and 50p per A4 sheet for colour copies. Scanners are also available in all libraries.
You can access the library catalogue through the computers in our libraries. It is possible to search, request or renew items from all nine libraries.
Our online resources page has a variety of links to information such as encyclopædias and family history sites.