Free internet, email and computer access


In response to the latest government advice on the coronavirus, Aberdeen City Libraries has taken the difficult decision to close all our libraries as of 5pm this evening Friday 20 March.

The wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our number one priority and this decision has been taken to prevent further spread of the virus; protect employee and public health; and to ensure we can continue to deliver public services, especially to those who need us most.

The Council will continue to monitor and review the situation, taking account of evolving government guidance. Updates on re-openings will be announced when known.

If you have any questions, please contact us through social media or email

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We provide computing facilities through our bookable public access PCs and free Wi-Fi service. 

Wi-Fi Service

Free wireless internet access at Central library and all Community libraries. Library users can now use their laptops and mobile devices to gain free, fast broadband connections to the internet at the Central library and all Community libraries. Full details are available on our Wi-Fi access at Aberdeen City libraries page.

Public Access PCs

Each of the city libraries has PCs available for public access - check out the list of our community libraries in Aberdeen to find the one nearest to you. You must be a library member to use the bookable public access PCs. If you are already a member of the library you can book from home by entering your library card number and PIN on the Netloan booking facility page.  Please be aware, it is the responsibility of the user to ensure the recycle bin, deleted items and downloads folders are cleared of any information at the end of the session.


Details of facilities available in the Central Library are as follows:

Media Centre

The 19 public access PCs in the Media Centre (numbered 13-31) are free to use but may require booking in advance to ensure access. You can book up to two one-hour sessions per day. A PC is available to make bookings. PCs 1-12 are only available when a NESCol class is not in progress.


The following software is available on PCs 1-12:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Publisher, Project, Outlook). 
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0
  • Chrome
  • Flashplayer
  • iTunes
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Quicktime (Apple Games Software)
  • Skype

The following software is available on PCs 13-31:

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Adobe Reader 
  • Chrome
  • Flashplayer
  • Internet Explorer 
  • Mozilla Firefox 
  • Picasa (Photo management)
  • Roxio Creator 3.3 (Disc burning)
  • Skype 
  • Windows Media Player 


  • CD/DVD Burners and USB Ports are available on all PCs
  • A floppy drive is available to hire
  • A3 scanners are available on PCs 19 and 29
  • A4 scanners are available on PCs 7, 24 and 25

PCs in Information Services

There are a number of public access PCs in the Information Services department of the Central Library. Whilst, in common with the public access PCs in the Media Centre, they are available for general use, they are not bookable in advance and can only be signed on to by members directly. Their use in this way will count toward your overall allowance of 2 one-hour sessions per day.

  • 3 PCs are available to use for up to an hour per session.
  • 4 PCs are available for 'Express' use allowing 20 minutes per session. 

To use a PC for research purposes for example family history, company and consumer information, funding searches, job seeking etc, please consult staff on the floor who will facilitate access for you. Subject to your use being bona fide research and availability of machines, access will not be restricted to one hour and can be over and above your allocation for general use.

As elsewhere throughout the building, free Wi-Fi is available with four isolated power sockets for charging devices if required.

Express internet PCs

The express internet Service PCs provide free basic access to the internet for a maximum period of 20 minutes per session and are located in the Lending Library and Information Centre of Central Library.

Prints are available from the enquiry desk in each department.  Prints in the Lending Department are black and white only, and cost 15p for A4 and 30p for A3.  Other departments offer colour printing and cost 30p for A4 and 60p for A3.

We also have USB sticks as well as CD and DVD discs available for purchase.

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