Aberdeenshire Libraries provide a wide range of computing devices for members to use completely free of charge, allowing access to the internet, word processing, document scanning, reference databases and e-books.
Public Access Computers
Each of our 36 libraries have a number of computers that allow members free access to the internet, as well several other useful applications such as Microsoft Office and a fantastic collection of online reference databases. All our computers have access to a printer with a small fee charged for each print. There is also a document scanner available for scanning images and text.
Library internet access is a filtered service that automatically blocks inappropriate websites, making it a safe and friendly environment for children and young adults.
Microsoft Surface Tables
This impressive 40 inch touch screen is a great way to browse the web in a group. The large screen allows several people to view data and information at one time. Set up to safely access the internet, users will be amazed at the clarity of the screen accessing such sites as Ancestry Library Edition, Scotland’s Maps and Flickr. Many other sites also benefit greatly from the surface table’s huge screen. All controlled by the stroke of a finger!
Another large screen experience. Again, this resource is ideal for a large group of people. Demonstrations or presentations can be given using the TV via a laptop connection. When not in use this way, library staff will often stream live news, sporting events and other appropriate TV programmes.
All our libraries in Aberdeenshire provide free Wi-Fi so members can access the internet using their own devices. All you need to do is register in the library and you can gain access. Library staff will be happy to assist anyone wanting to go online. There is also free Wi-Fi available in the Local Studies department at the library headquarters in Oldmeldrum.
Who can use these services?
Any member, of any age, can use all of the above mentioned services simply by inputting their membership number and password. All users will be prompted to accept the Library Acceptable Use Policy before accessing the internet. Parents or guardians of children under the age of 16 will have already accepted responsibility for the child’s use of the internet as part of the original library joining process. All internet use is filtered and can be monitored when required.
Help and Support
All staff are on hand to offer first level support and advice and have been trained to European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) standard.
Support and advice can also be provided by local volunteers via one-to-one tuition or group based demonstrations. Aberdeenshire Libraries System Support team also arrange taster sessions for those looking to use any of our digital services and devices such as, iPads and e-Readers. Ask local library staff for further details.