Computers in Libraries

All Inspire Nottinghamshire Libraries and Archives will be closed during national lockdown 5 November – 2 December. 

Customers can access PCs in selected libraries.  The government has set out that the computers can only be used to access public services i.e. to make benefit claims, job searches, access government websites. Available with pre-booked appointments only from 9 November via Ask Inspire on 01623 677200, in the following libraries:

  • Arnold
  • Beeston
  • Bingham
  • Kirkby
  • Mansfield Central
  • Newark
  • Ollerton
  • Retford
  • Southwell

*Some of the resources outlined below are not essential public services as outlined in government guidance and will not be available.

From library computers you can access the internet and use our installed word processing and desktop publishing software.

Inspire also has subscriptions to a number of online reference resources which can be accessed by people using the computers in our libraries. These include ancestry and archive services.

Free WiFi is available in all of our libraries. You will need your library card to access this service. 


Visit our online booking system to reserve a computer in advance in libraries that have reopened or contact Ask Inspire on 01623 677 200,

To book:

  • Enter the first eight numbers of your library card with no spaces.
  • Enter your PIN code.
  • Click the reservations button and select the library you need. 
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your booking.

Printing, scanning and photocopying

To help keep you and our staff safe, please bring correct change to use these services.


All libraries have their PCs linked to at least one colour printer. Printers are set up to automatically print in black and white and double sided, but you can choose other options.

Unfortunately it is not possible to print over WiFi.

Visit our charges page for information on printing costs. 


Scanners are available at a number of Nottinghamshire libraries. Please ask when booking, as scanners may need to be used on specific machines.

You can use our library list to check which libraries have scanners available for public use.  


We have the following facilities available:

  • Adaptive hardware is available. Please ask a member of staff.
  • Some libraries have height adjusted desks.