Portsmouth library members enjoy free computer facilities, including word processing and access to the internet, in all nine city libraries.

You can book a computer up to seven days in advance, and for session lengths ranging from 15 minutes to two hours. You are allowed four hours internet access a day across the city. 

Computer facilities offered at libraries

The following services are available, although not all are offered at all nine city libraries:

  • internet access and e-mail - search the web and communicate with friends and family
  • Microsoft Office 2000 software, including PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and Excel (Microsoft Office 2007 is available at central library)
  • scanners - use our scanners to convert documents and photographs to digital format
  • multilingual support - public computers provide support for users in a wide selection of languages
  • blind and visually impaired support - screen reading or screen magnification software (Zoom text and Jaws) is available in most of Portsmouth's libraries to help blind and visually impaired users use the computer facilities
  • Photoshop (image editing software)  and Dreamweaver (web design software) are available in the central library


Wi-Fi availability at libraries

Central, Carnegie, Southsea and Alderman Lacey libraries offer free and unlimited wireless internet access to Portsmouth library members. Make sure your battery is fully charged, because you aren't allowed to plug laptops or other devices into library power points.


Free computer classes in the library

Do you want to get online but can't use a computer? It's so important to be able to use the internet - you can find ways to save money, keep in touch with family and friends, find a job, swap your council house and make your life a lot easier.

Southsea Library offers free courses to help you get started and improve your confidence online. You can take your first steps to using the internet with a friendly tutor at the following times:

  • Tuesdays 2-4pm

Southsea Library also run a 'Step up from Basics' course which is designed for students who already know computer basics but would like to know a little more:

  • Wednesdays 2-4pm

For more information, phone 023 9268 8049.

Library computer training for the visually impaired

If you are visually impaired and would like to learn to use computers, we can help. We run a drop-in support, training and advice on Wednesdays at the central library 2-3.30pm.  

For further information, phone 023 9268 8032.


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