Using library computers
Who can use the computers?
If you have a Hampshire Library card or People's Network card you have fast-track access to the computers and can log on using your card number and PIN.
If you do not have a card ask library staff. At some libraries you will be given a guest number for one-off use of the computers.
If you are aged 8 to 15 you can use the People’s Network PCs if your parent or guardian has filled in a form giving you permission to do so.
Children aged 7 or under are welcome but can only use a People’s Network PC when a parent or carer aged over 16 is using it with them.
What can I use the computers for?
access to the Internet and to web-based email (Internet Explorer 8)
MS Office software: Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Paint.
scanning, printing and downloading.
saving to CD (floppy disk drives are not available)
colour printing - charges apply
Additional software installed on the computers
Microsoft Photo Editor, Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, Adobe Reader 9, Windows Media Player, QuickTime Viewer 7, Flash Player 10, Shockwave Player 11, Java 6 update 17 and DjVu.
You can save your work onto a USB drive or a CD - please remember to bring one with you.
Blank CD-Rs are available for purchase from the Library
Please read the guides Saving to CD and Saving to USB
Conditions of use for the People's Network provided by Hampshire Libraries and Information Service
If you are aged 8 to 15 inclusive you can use the computers if your parent or guardian has filled in a form giving you permission to do so.
Children aged 7 or under are welcome but can only use a computer when a parent or carer aged over 16 is using it with them.
We ask you to agree to these conditions of use each time you use the service.
You must abide by all current relevant legislation, including copyright legislation.
You must not:
- access, download, send or publish material which is obscene, indecent, offensive or menacing
- attempt to break into any system which you are not authorised to access
- tamper with the hardware, software, security systems or set up of the computers
- use another person’s details to log on
Any such use will result in you being denied access to the People’s Network PCs in any Hampshire library and may result in prosecution.
You are responsible for your documents and data. We recommend you delete anything created and temporarily stored on the computer before logging out. If you leave them on the computer other library users or staff may view and delete them. Any data stored on the computer will normally be erased at the end of your session but technical problems may sometimes prevent this. Any loss of data is not the responsibility of library staff. USB equipment is connected at your own risk.
Access to the Internet is at the users’ own risk.
Hampshire County Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy, quality, availability or appropriateness of the resources accessed. Due to the public location of PCs it may not be appropriate to view some websites or communications. Websites are filtered but we cannot guarantee the complete exclusion of undesirable material. The Internet is not a secure medium. We advise you not to send personal, confidential or sensitive information.
You can use the PCs to order goods and services at your own risk. Hampshire County Council will not be liable in any way for queries, complaints, loss, damage or any claim whatsoever arising from third party transactions.
Hampshire County Council reserves the right to monitor the use of these computers including email and internet communications and to access or intercept data in line with the conditions set out in the ‘privacy and security’ section of the full People’s Network Use Policy.
You can have up to one hour each day when there is a computer available. Further sessions may be available at the discretion of library staff
Help and Support
Please ask staff for help but note that the support we can offer depends on the resources and staff available at the time and is at the discretion of library staff.
The full People’s Network Use Policy 38kb has further details on all these areas. It is available in print in every library and on the library website, along with the HSE guidance on safe use of computers.
- Quick Reference Guides
Help and instructions for using the library computers