Computers and Internet Access

Can I access the Internet at the library?

Free access to the Internet is provided for adult ticket holders at all our libraries. Younger people are welcome too, if they are supervised by a responsible adult.


When can I use the public access computers?

Using your library card and PIN, you can reserve a PC for use at a time that suits you or use one that is not reserved when you are in the branch.
Scanners are connected to specific PCs so you will need to specify if you need to use the PC with scanner.
PCs are available for use in branches during library opening hours. PCs shut down in between sessions to wipe any personal data.
They are automatically shut down 15mins before the library closes.

Please see terms and conditions of usage here


Can I teach myself computers at the library?

Self-learning facilities are provided on all our PCs including Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing; Lifesteps Guides to using the Internet and European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) software and our online learning facility, Universal Class.

Can children use computers at the library?

Scooby Doo, Bob the Builder, Rainforest Explorer and Mr Greedy are just some of the characters waiting for children on the childrens' computers at our branch libraries.
Young adults aged 12-14 years should use PCs in the children's section.

How do I book a computer?

There are 4 ways to book a computer. You can book one at the library. You can book by 'phoning your local branch. You can book through the library website. Just click on Using Library Computers on the menu on the right. You can book your next session from the PC you are using now. Remember, you always need your membership number and PIN to book a PC. At County Library, Tallaght you can also reserve a PC through our self-service screens.

Can I use computers at the library?

Computers are available free of charge in all our libraries with full Internet access, Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Powerpoint and Publisher. You don't have to book a computer, but they are very popular so it is advisable.

Is WIFI available at the library?

All our branches have wifi facilities. You can surf the internet from your own laptop, netbook, tablet or smartphone using our wifi service. You will need your library card number and PIN. Full instructions are available here.

What about Wifi and security of my personal information?

Our libraries' wireless access service (with the exception of your initial logon using borrower number and PIN and secured sites which use https) is not secured and could be monitored, captured, or altered by others.
There are always risks involved with connecting to a public wireless connection. We have drawn up some suggestions to make your wifi experience a more secure one.


What about cyber bullying?


If you are getting threatening texts or emails, talk to someone you trust.
Don't delete the email/text as this will be proof of the threatening behaviour of other towards you. Do not respond to the message
Change your privacy settings
Block the sender's mobile number or email

For more details or advicee, click here