Computers, Internet and Wi-Fi

Coronavirus update - Libraries phased reopening

Following Government guidance libraries can now reopen. The normal range of activities will not be possible at this stage of reopening and customers visiting the library may find they need to wait outside to be assisted by staff.

Please note that you need to book a 45 minute timeslot to use a library computer.

Please check the latest information including which libraries have reopened, opening hours and services available:

See current Library Service updates

All Northamptonshire libraries have computers with broadband internet access available for you to use.​ Please refer to our list of libraries webpage to confirm if your local library is currently open and to check its opening hours.

Face coverings and track and trace requirements

The Government has extended the policy on the mandatory wearing of face coverings in public places in England to include public libraries. They are to be worn by all visitors, except for those who have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering.

it is also mandatory for library staff to ask customers to leave their details when entering library buildings for computer use and booked browsing. Customers, who have downloaded the NHS Test and Trace app, can scan the QR code provided on posters that are on display near library entrances.

Free Fridays

On every Friday in every library, computers are free to use for all. Standard printing charges still apply. You will need to book a 45 minute timeslot

Please check library opening hours before visiting.

​Service ​CostWhat does the service consist of?​
​Full charged service

​£1 for up to 20 minutes (Saturday to Thursday), free on Fridays. Please book a 45 minute timeslot.

  • ​Up to date web browser
  • Full access to the Internet including: typing web addresses; using search engines; using email accounts
  • Full access to Microsoft Office 2016 applications
​Online reference​Free every day. Please book a 45 minute timeslot.
  • ​Free access to websites listed in the online reference section (except for email, search engine and social media websites
  • Where websites listed in the online reference section provide links to other websites, customers will also be able to access these websites for free

Printing and photocopying

Printing from the library computers and photocopying is available in all libraries apart from:

  • Corby 
  • Finedon
  • Wootton
  • Woodford Halse

Please refer to our list of libraries page to confirm that your local library is currently open and to check its opening hours.

​Charges​Cost
​A4 black and white printouts ​20p per sheet
​A4 colour printouts​70p per sheet
​A3 black and white printouts ​30p per sheet
​A3 colour printouts​£1 per sheet

Public printing

You can now print your documents to any of our libraries from home, from work or while you are on the go using your own device. For information on how to use the service and terms and conditions please go to the public printing webpage.

Do I have to book a computer?

  • We advise you to pre-book a computer whenever possible.
  • Library members can book a computer up to 7 days in advance using the 'Book a Computer' icon on any library computer desktop.

Wi-Fi access in libraries

The following libraries offer free wi-fi access:

Hublet tablets

Hublet tablets are a new way of accessing digital resources in libraries. Use them to read e-books or e-audiobooks and browse e-newspapers or e-magazines.

For more information, including a list of libraries where they are currently available and term and conditions, please go the hublet tablets page.

Improve your IT skills with our IT Buddy volunteers

Some of our libraries have IT Buddy volunteers who can help you learn how to use a computer and the internet. Visit the events calendar to find out if this service is available at your local library.