Computers and internet access

Computers and internet access

Technology upgrades and temporary waiver of PC access fees

The City of Sydney is upgrading the public access computers and printing, copying and scanning facilities in all library branches by early 2017.

This cutting-edge technology will give you access to the latest Microsoft Office applications, internet browsers and Skype for video and voice calls.

Self-service kiosks are also being installed to make borrowing faster and easier. Members will be able to check their loans in and out, freeing up our librarians to spend more time helping customers with their enquiries.


Branches will close briefly at different times for the upgrades in late 2016 to early 2017. More on upgrades and closure dates.

The temporary waiver of PC access fees for non-members ($3.50 per 30 minutes) will remain until the technology upgrade is complete. Current fees and charges for printing remain the same and will continue to incur a fee.


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: Tuesday, 18 October 2016