Computers and the internet

Man using a computer

COVID-19 Libraries Update - November 2020

New national government restrictions due to COVID-19 mean temporary changes to services at Derby Libraries. 

From Thu 26 Nov, RiversideMickleoverAlvaston and Normanton Libraries will be opening for the public use of PCs and Wifi only.  This will be a limited service and users will need to book in advance by calling the library. 

Riverside, Mickleover, Alvaston and Normanton Libraries are all running a click and collect service for borrowing and returning books and other items. Members can choose and reserve items, and arrange collection, by accessing the online library catalogue

The Home Library Service will continue to operate, delivering and collecting pre-ordered books from Care Homes and vulnerable people living at home. 

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library is currently closed to members of the public but will continue to take enquiries by phone, text and email. 

We continue to urge library members to make use of our electronic services while they are unable to visit us in person. More information about the services and how to get started can be found on our eLibrary pages.

There are computers available for people to use in each library in Derby.

Free use is available to full members of Derby City Libraries. Visitors to Derby can use the computers by showing identification, normally this should be the same identification needed to join the library, but international visitors can use a passport, national indentity card or driving licence. We regret we do not accept credit or debit cards.

Computers can be booked for up to one hour at the Local Studies Library and at neighbourhood libraries.

You can book a computer online. You can book in advance and get the computer you want, when you want. You can choose a PC at any Derby City Library site. You will need to be a full member of Derby City Libraries and have your borrower number to hand.

You can also book a computer in person at your local library, or by telephoning them. Again, you will need your borrower number.

The computers at the Local Studies Library can only be used for family and local history research.

Please note that the public computers and the Internet service is available until 15 minutes before the library closes.

The following documents have more information:

What can I do on the library computers?

You can:

  • search the Internet
  • use web based email
  • create documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations using Microsoft Office
  • search and apply for jobs
  • print documents in black and white or colour – there is a charge for this

You can also use the eReference library to:

  • browse national newspapers and magazines
  • get homework help
  • get general information from well known reference works, such as Encyclopaedia Britannica

Visit our find your local library page to see which of our libraries is closest to you.

Internet taster courses

We run free Internet taster courses for anyone who is new to using the Internet. These courses are for two sessions and give the learner a good understanding of how the Internet can benefit them.