Free internet, email and computer access

We provide computing facilities through our bookable public access, express internet PCs and free Wi-fi service. 

Wifi 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 Central Library and all community libraries. Full details are available on our Wifi 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. Details of facilities available in the Central Library are as follows:

Media centre

The 19 media centre public access PCs (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 in this area to make bookings. PCs 1-12 are only available when a college 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 above, 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 Wifi 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 Adult Lending are black and white only, and cost 10p for A4 and 20p for A3.  Prints in other departments are in colour and cost 20p for A4 and 50p for A3.

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

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