Computers and internet access

Computers and internet access

Temporary waiver of PC access fees

The City of Sydney will upgrade our public access computers in 2016 across all City of Sydney Library branches. Due to a delay in the delivery of this project we are temporarily waiving the non-member PC access fee ($3.50 per 30 minutes) until we can provide an enhanced level of PC service for our customers.

Fees and charges will be re-instated once the upgrade has been completed. Current fees and charges for printing remain the same and will continue to incur a fee.

We thank you for your patience and support of this important initiative.

Self-service computers

You can access the internet and use Office-based software (see below) on the self-serve computers available to the public at all our branches.

Members and non-members need to obtain a pre-paid card before using any of these services.

Software and hardware

All computers are PC-based and use Microsoft XP, Microsoft Office 2007 (includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Internet Explorer.

You can use your own USB or purchase one from the library front desk (priced between $15 and $20).

A self-serve scanner is available at each library branch.

Once you have scanned, you can save the file to your USB or email it.

Using the scanner is included in computer time.

Please note: You must read and adhere to the City's conditions of use for computers and internet access.

Costs of computer use


Purchase a $1 computer access card at the library front desk, and when you show your City of Sydney library card you can use the computers at no extra charge for a maximum of 2 hours per computer. Add money to your access card at one of the pay stations (available at each branch). Extra charges like printing are deducted automatically. You can use the access card for self-serve photocopying too.


Purchase a $1 computer card at the library front desk and top it up at one of the pay stations to use the computers (30 minutes of access costs $3.50). Maximum use is 2 hours per computer. Extra charges like printing are deducted automatically. You can use the access card for self-serve photocopying too.

Printing charges

  • A4 black and white: 20c per page
  • A4 colour: $2 per page

Free WiFi

Bring your own battery-powered laptop or other mobile device and connect to the free wireless (WiFi) internet service at the following library branches:

  • Customs House
  • Glebe
  • Green Square
  • Haymarket
  • Kings Cross
  • Newtown
  • Surry Hills
  • Town Hall
  • Waterloo.

Printing is not available with the WiFi service.

Please note: Users must adhere to the City's conditions of use when accessing the internet, even with their own equipment.

Free research browsing

Free web browsing is available on computers labelled 'Research' at each branch.

These computers provide access to government websites, online newspapers, study resources, hobby websites and many others but there is no access to email sites.

Free public access.

No card or registration is required.

Last updated: Monday, 23 November 2015