Computers and the Internet

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Internet WorkstationDublin City 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 office suite applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets) is available in your library.

Desktop features include:

  • Windows 10
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • LibreOffice Suite applications (compatible with a wide range of document formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher)
  • 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)

ComputerThe 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.

Access to any time on a public PC is determined by availability and hours of opening.

Under 15 and in secondary school?

You are most welcome to use the library's Internet-based computers provided that:

  • a parent or guardian gives permission in writing for your use of the Internet-based computers by signing a 'Permission Form' in the presence of a member of the library staff, or   
  • a parent or guardian is with you at the time, or you are supervised by a teacher (or other responsible adult) over the age of 18.

Three libraries - Ballymun, Cabra and Coolock - have dedicated Internet-based computer facilities specifically designed for teens.

Computer/Internet Booking Procedures

  1. By using our Computer and Internet facilities you are deemed to have agreed to our Acceptable Usage Policy. Failure to comply with Library policies and procedures may result in the loss of computer and Internet access privileges.
  2. Before each session users must register at the library desk (except those branch libraries where self-booking is in operation, SEE ‘PC Reservation Self-Booking’ below).
  3. Using the PC Reservation self-booking system (where in use, see below), patrons can self book to a maximum of 55 minutes per day.
  4. When booking and taking up a computer session you will be asked to show your library card (or input your card number and PIN where self-booking applies).
  5. It is advisable to reserve a session in advance.
  6. In general only one session may be booked in advance.
  7. In general each session will last for a maximum of 55 minutes. Shorter periods or additional time may be accommodated and is dependent upon local facilities and availability.
  8. The allocation of any additional time may require a patron to move to a different PC.
  9. Failure to take up a reservation within 5 minutes of the start time may result in another user being offered the session.
  10. 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.
  11. A time-out warning system will alert users to time remaining and will terminate sessions when the allotted time has elapsed. All user and session files, including cookies, browsing history and files created in office suite applications, are automatically removed upon termination of a session. It's important therefore that you save your work to a USB drive or a cloud storage location, or email it to yourself, in order to avoid losing your work. Save early and often! If very important, save to more than one location/device.
  12. Laptops and other portable computer devices are not to be removed from the library.
  13. Laptops are not to be left unattended as you are responsible for any loss or damage to a laptop issued to you.
  14. Where an ‘Express’ PC is available, the maximum allowed time is 20 minutes. Express PCs cannot be booked.
  15. Black and white printing is available at 20c per sheet, colour printing at 60c per sheet. (Surfbox Printing)

Please refer also to our 'Terms & Conditions', in particular note T&C no.6, "Patrons are required to bring their library card with them when visiting the library as it is needed in order to borrow items or use the computer facilities. If you do not have the card with you, you will be required to show some photographic ID before you can borrow an item or use the computer facilities."

PC Reservation Self-Booking

The ‘PC Reservation’ computerized self-booking system is in use in the following locations:-

  • The Central Library (Ilac Centre)
  • Ballyfermot Library
  • Ballymun Library
  • Cabra Library
  • Coolock Library
  • Donaghmede Library
  • Finglas Library
  • Kevin Street Library
  • Pearse Street Branch Library
  • Pembroke Library (Ballsbridge)
  • Raheny Library
  • Rathmines Library

Dublin City Libraries and the Internet - Acceptable Usage Policy

"Dublin City 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."


You can read this policy in any of the following languages: English, Gaeilge, Deutsch, Italiano, Español, Français.

Internet Safety - Guide for Parents

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!

See also

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