Computers and internet access

Computers and internet access

Computers

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

Software and hardware

All computers are PC-based and use Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2016 and the latest internet browsers including Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Skype is available for video and voicecalls on most computers, which have a live camera installed. You need to bring your own headphones with inbuilt microphone to use Skype.

Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6) for graphic design, video and photo editing and website development is now available on all 16 computers on level 2 at Kings Cross Library. CS6 gives you access to Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Adobe Premiere Pro as well as other applications. 

All files need to be saved to a USB stick. You can use your own USB or purchase one from the library (priced between $7 and $15).

Scanning facilities are available at each library branch. You will need a USB stick to save your scan. Scanning is free of charge. 

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

Costs of computer use

Members

Members can use the computers at no charge for a maximum of 3 hours per day. Add money to your library card at the self-service kiosk to access printing and photocopying services. Kiosks accept major credit and debit cards as well as cash but do not give change. Printing charges are deducted automatically.

Non-members

Non-members will need to purchase a casual use ticket from the self-service kiosk to use the computers (30 minutes access costs $3.50). Maximum use of 3 hours per day. Extra charges like printing deducted automatically from the ticket. You can also use the ticket for self-service photocopying. Kiosks accept major credit and debit cards as well as cash but do not give change. Tickets are valid for 90 days from time of purchase.

If you have credit remaining on the access cards used with the previous computer system, credit can be transferred to your library card or a casual use ticket at the kiosk.

Did you know library membership is free for all residents of NSW? If you're not already a member, join today.

Printing charges

  • A4 black and white: 20c per page
  • A4 colour: $2 per page
  • A3 black and white: 30c per page
  • A3 colour: $3 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 all library branches, including Pyrmont Link and Town Hall Express. 

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 to the public on computers labelled 'Research' at each branch.

No card, ticket or registration is required.

Last updated: Thursday, 9 March 2017