Software on library computers

Library computers currently have the following:

  • Windows 10
  • Microsoft Edge 
  • Microsoft Office 2019 - Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Accessing PCs in libraries

  • The library PCs will present you with a login screen.
  • Enter your library membership number from the barcode on your library card.
  • Then enter your library PIN and you will be taken to the home screen.

 

  • PCs are available to use during advertised library opening hours.
  • Access to PCs ends 15 minutes before each library's advertised closing time.
  • There is no need to book, but you may have to wait for a short time during busy periods.

Charges for using library computers

  • There are currently no charges for using the computers at libraries but resources may be limited.
  • Computers are offered on a first come first served basis with an initial free session lasting one hour.
  • You do not need to be a member of the library to use the computers, but it is free to join the library.

Using library PCs

Every effort is made to ensure that all equipment is virus-free, but we cannot guarantee this.

Our facilities are self-help and staff will assist when possible but cannot provide training or advice, or undertake research for you. You may find these options helpful:

Parental consent is required for children under 16 years to use library computers.

Get Safe Online offers free, independent, user-friendly advice that will allow you to use the internet confidently, safely and securely.

Saving files on library computers

  • You can download files to your own storage devices.
  • Files cannot be permanently stored on library PCs but they can be temporarily stored on the X drive and then attached to an email.
  • Files saved on the X drive will be deleted automatically at the end of your session.

Printing

Printing is available at all libraries except Woughton Library through Kuario Wi-Fi printing and is chargeable.

Printing charges are:

  • A4 Black and White - 20p per sheet
  • A4 Colour - 75p per sheet
  • A3 Black and White - 30p per sheet
  • A3 Colour - £1.30 per sheet

Scanning

  • Milton Keynes libraries have a self-service A4 scanner connected to one of the public PCs.
  • Kingston Library and Westcroft Library do NOT have public computers and do not offer scanning services via computers but you can scan using the printers - see the Kuario Wi-Fi printing page for details.
  • Scanning is NOT available at Woughton Library.

Self-service scanning

  • Scanning is free.
  • You may need to queue to use the scanner at busy times.

Wi-Fi

  • Wi-Fi is available at all Milton Keynes libraries.
  • Please be aware that Wi-Fi will close down 15 minutes before each library's advertised closing time.
  • To connect to the Wi-Fi select the 'MKC Public Wi-Fi' network on your device.
  • Read and accept the terms and conditions of access.

Woughton Library also offers free Wi-Fi and you will need to ask staff for the login details when you visit.

Read the full terms and conditions for accessing the Wi-Fi at Milton Keynes libraries.

IT help guides

There are a few guides available that may answer some of your questions.

Silver Surfers

Are you just starting to use the Internet? Here are some interesting and useful websites recommended by Milton Keynes libraries.                 

Milton Keynes Central Library is a UK online partner.

There are also guides available from Online Centres Network which offer guidance for tutors wanting to help older people improve their digital skills.

Online training, help and guidance

  • GOV.UK – government services and information including HMRC, child benefit and submitting self-assessment tax returns.
  • National Cyber Security Centre - government site with guidance and resources to keep you safe online.
  • NHS choices – find your local GP or get information through an A-Z of Health.
  • Citizens Advice Bureau – advice and information on resolving legal, financial and other problems or situations.
  • Federation of Small Businesses – business and legal advice for the self-employed and owners of small businesses.
  • Do It – volunteering opportunities.
  • Money advice service – free and impartial money advice, set up by government.
  • Get Safe Online – information about online safety.
  • Learn My Way – online courses offering help for computer basics, Internet banking or shopping and job searching.
  • Digital Unite – online guides, courses and computer tutors.
  • Age UK – dedicated to supporting people in later life.
  • Excel Easy – free fully illustrated Microsoft Excel tutorial with over 300 examples.
  • OpenLearn - free learning from The Open University.

Milton Keynes Libraries contact information

Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3HL