Computers and the Internet
Dublin City Public Libraries provides free broadband and wireless access to the Internet and desktop applications through its network of branch libraries. Contact your local branch library to find out more about using our computers and Internet service. Read our booking policy below and access our Internet usage policy.
Computer Access in Your Library
Computer access to the Internet and to Microsoft Office 2007 and its suite of applications (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint) is available in your library.
Desktop features include:
- Windows 7
- Internet Explorer 11
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Office 2007 (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint)
- Additional Browser plug-ins: Macromedia Flash reader, Adobe Acrobat Reader, QuickTime, Real Player
- Headphone usage facility
- USB facility (enabling use of e.g. portable storage device)
The following languages are supported:
English (Ireland) is the default language plus Albanian, Arabic (Algeria), Bosnian, Chinese (Simplified), Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English (United States), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Tibetan, Turkish and Welsh.
Computer / Internet Booking Procedures
- Before each session users must register at the library desk (except for the Central Library Cabra and Rathmines Library, where self-booking is in operation).
- When booking and taking up a computer session you will be asked to show your library card
- It is advisable to reserve a session in advance.
- In general only one session may be booked in advance.
- Failure to take up a reservation within 5 minutes of the start time may result in another user being offered the session.
- Waiting lists may be drawn up for each session with priority being given to users who have not already had a session, or who are not booked for a session later that day.
- Each session will last for 55 minutes. Shorter or longer periods may be accommodated where local facilities permit.
- A time-out warning system will alert users to time remaining and will terminate sessions when the allotted time has elapsed.
- Black and white printing is available at 20c per sheet.
Dublin City Public Libraries and the Internet - Acceptable Usage Policy
"Dublin City Public Libraries aim to inform, enrich, empower and extend individual life-chances through the provision of information, ideas, resources and programmes which bring to local communities the benefits of global thought, life-long learning experience and diversity of heritage and culture."
The Internet is a great educational and entertainment resource for children. As with other mediums such as books, not all content on the Internet is suitable for children. Unlike books the Internet has features such as email, instant messaging and chat rooms that need special attention especially when used by children. The Office for Internet Safety, Ireland has tips on how you can help your children to surf the Internet safely and supervise its use in your home.
Don't deny you child access to the Internet. It is to deprive them of what can be an enjoyable and a learning experience. Indeed an essential one in today's world. Think of the education potential alone. But be aware of the pitfalls and make your child aware of them too. Help them to have a safer experience.
- Make sure your child doesn't spend all of his or her time on the computer.
- Keep the computer in a family room, not in your child's bedroom.
- Tell them what they must be aware of in order to keep safe. See our Internet safety tips for children.
- Teach them what information they can share with others online and what they can't.
- Be aware of where your child is spending their time online.
- Learn something about computers and the Internet so that you know something of the sites your child is visiting on the Internet. Learn about chat rooms, instant messaging and social networking sites.
- Make sure that your children feel comfortable coming to you with questions and don't over react if things go wrong.
- Talk to your child about their online experience. Encourage them to talk to you.
- Make sure your child knows the rules you lay down about their use of the Internet. And get them to agree to them!
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