Computers in libraries

Our libraries have computers for public use. Sessions can be booked in advance or you can just drop in.

Library members can use our computers for free for an hour each day. There is a charge for any additional time, and for non-library members. It's free to join the library.

You can use our computers to:

We also provide help to use computers.

We also provide free WiFi for library members who want to bring their own devices.

You cannot print or scan from your own device - you will need to use a library computer (it is best to book a session to guarantee availability).

Macclesfield library has an IT suite for hire.

Booking a computer session

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When you get to the library, ask a member of staff to show you which computer to use.

If you are a library member, you will need to bring your library card with you when you come for the session.

If you are not a member you can join on the day - bring 1 form of identification with your address on. You can also join online before you come.

We have different levels of firewalls in place to block content as appropriate for adults, young people and children.  

Computers shut down automatically 15 minutes before the library closes.

Library members can use a computer free for the first hour each day, with a charge for further time.

Guest users pay a small charge.

There are extra charges for printing and borrowing headphones.

Library computer charges

Help to use computers 

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Most of our libraries offer help and information to get you started with computers. Our libraries are UK Online Centres and we offer IT Buddy and staff-led sessions. 

Check what is on offer at your local library 

  • Digital Unite guides - simple guides to all aspects of using the internet 
  • Learn my Way - easy activities and games to help you use a computer, mouse and keyboard, online services and the internet

Library computer use terms and conditions

To use a library computer, you agree to:

  • only use a library card or Guest ID in your name and issued by the Council
  • only use software provided by Cheshire East Council.
  • not hold Cheshire East Council liable for any loss or damage to discs, data or programmes.
  • not try to change any of the programmes or settings already on the computer’s internal fixed disc or in its memory.
  • not knowingly introduce viruses, spyware or malware
  • pay at the advertised price for all pages printed, including test pages and wastage not caused by printer malfunction
  • follow any booking arrangements or other restrictions imposed by the Council on the use of the computer
  • accept that bookings not claimed on time may be re-let
  • not access or view live TV broadcasts or any BBC i-player TV content
  • ensure that you have obtained any permission necessary to download, copy or print any material
  • for printing, use only paper provided by the library
  • not compose, print, distribute, circulate, sell, lend, read, download or view any material in any form that is illegal, obscene, pornographic, constitutes an act of terrorism, in breach of any copyright or trademark laws, which incites racism, hatred, intolerance or violence, or any material that can be reasonably regarded as offensive or of an indecent or menacing character or have the potential to offend others
  • indemnify the Council against all actions claims and losses (including legal fees and costs) howsoever arising incurred in respect of personal injury (including injury resulting in death) loss of or damage to property or breach of any intellectual property rights caused or contributed to by your negligence or acts in breach of this agreement

In providing computers for use, Cheshire East Council:

  • reserves the right to terminate sessions where a user’s activity has a negative impact on the Council’s network.
  • cannot accept responsibility for the quality or accuracy of information; nor for slow network responses, communications, failure, or the non-availability of any web site.
  • provides computer access on a self-service basis and help is only available to sign on and off - staff cannot undertake any internet searches or other work on your behalf
  • will use filtration software and software to protect against viruses, spyware and malware - this is regularly updated but not guaranteed to be 100% effective
  • will not be liable for any injury, loss or damage to users, their personal information, details of transactions, or personal property including bank cards; which may arise directly or indirectly from any use of the desktop, internet facilities, use of email, or from others’ unauthorised use of the computer facilities
  • will monitor computer and internet use, but will only release information on your use of specific internet resources to authorised enforcement agencies where required by law, under specific exemptions of the Data Protection Act

If you do not comply with the terms and conditions, we will suspend your access to the service. You can appeal against suspension through the Council’s official process - ask the person who suspended your access for details.

Page last reviewed: 13 October 2023