All of our libraries are equipped with computers, printers, scanners and internet access.
Library members can use the computers for free for half an hour, and £1 per half hour after that. There is free WiFi in all libraries, with wireless printing from your mobile devices available in West Kirby Library.
You will need your library member’s card number and library PIN to use computers in Wirral libraries. If you don’t know your PIN, please ask a member of staff.
Job seekers are exempt from computer use charge, when doing job searches, provided that their proof of status is given. However, printouts but must be paid for.
Free access to computers for jobseekers is also extended to those wishing to complete any benefit claim (including Local Welfare Assistance) in Libraries and One Stop Shops.
Software, including Microsoft Office Word and Excel is available.
Children need parent or carer permission before using the internet. All computers have filtering software in operation.
Free Online Resources
While using our library computers, you have free access to our online resources:
- Access to Research (journals)
- British Newspaper Archive
- Find My Past
- Public Information Online
- Very Short Introductions
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biographies
- Oxford Bibliographies
- Grove Art
- Grove Music
- Who's Who
- Issues Online
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
IT volunteers are available in most libraries to provide IT support and help getting started if you have never used a computer before.
Contact your local library to find out when volunteers will be available to assist.
Printer, fax and photocopying costs
Prices are per single-sided sheet.
- A4 black and white printing/copying - 20p
- A4 colour printing/copying - 90p
- A3 black and white printing/copying - 40p
- A3 colour printing/copying - £1.80
- A4 black and white printing/copying - 10p
- A4 colour printing/copying - 45p
- A3 black and white printing/copying - 20p
- A3 colour printing/copying - 90p
- local (0845 numbers) - £1.40
- national (0870 numbers) - £1.60
- international - £2.15
Each additional page half original cost.
- 85p to receive a fax
Digital Photography printing
Per image - A4 standard laser paper - £1
Photography with own device
Any member of the public wishing to use their own device to take photographs of materials (documents and books) that belong to the Library Service must purchase a licence to do so.
This does not include the photographic collection, digital or original prints. Copyright regulations need to be adhered to, ie 5% of document unless out of copyright.
- daily licence - £3.50
- weekly licence - £11
- annual licence - £45
Licenses can be purchased at any Wirral library.