All of our libraries provide computers for FREE public use.
We have about 700 of them in total - providing access to
a range of office software and the Internet (under 16s need
parental permission to use the internet). We also
offer printing and scanning facilities.
It's a good idea to book in advance as some locations can get
very busy. You can
book a computer online, or by visiting or
For security reasons, information and files saved or downloaded
by individuals are wiped from the computers after each use.
You should therefore save anything you require for future use on an
external USB drive/ memory stick. Some filtering is in
place but when using the service you are required to
agree and conform to our
Acceptable Use Policy (PDF,
Our computers have Abilitynet
software loaded, which helps people with disabilities to use IT.
Every library also has access to a range of assistive hardware and
at least one computer is suitable for wheelchair users.
Please note: Our public computers do not have
speakers and we no longer lend earphones. Customers need to bring
their own to make use of Abilitynet's DSpeech or other sound-based
Free Wi-Fi in Kent Libraries
Library visitors in Kent can now access the internet using their
portable devices - such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones
at 33 library locations.*
The facility is available from opening time until one hour
before the library closes to adults and children with Internet
permission who have a library card number and PIN.
Wireless sessions are limited to 1 hour and customers will
be able to access the wireless network for up to 5 sessions a
day. Filtering is in place to ensure that the service is
not used inappropriately. See our
Wireless Acceptable Use Policy (PDF, 20k).
* The library locations offering free public Wi-Fi are:
Allington, Ashford, Birchington, Broadstairs, Canterbury,
Cheriton, Cliftonville, Coldharbour, Coxheath, Cranbrook, Dartford,
Deal, Dover, Edenbridge, Faversham, Folkestone,
Gravesend, Herne Bay, Larkfield, Kent History and Library
Centre in Maidstone, Margate, Paddock Wood, Ramsgate, Sandgate,
Sandwich, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, Southborough, Stanhope, Summer
House Drive, Swanley, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells.
Can't get to the library? Unleash the power of your library
ticket, let it come to you! We have a range of
online services you can
Need help using a computer or the Internet?
All our libraries are registered as UK Online centres and
provide access to the free 'Learn my
way' courses. Ask at your library for details of
how to register.
You could also use the BBC Webwise and
step-by-step guides and BBC Firstclick
Our libraries run taster sessions from time to time, and
many of them have IT volunteers who can help you get online.
More specialised Homework Buddies and Ancestry Buddies (to assist
with researching family history online) are also available in some
To find out about IT Buddy sessions in your
area, contact your
local library or select a district in the list
Looking to get in deeper? Try a Kent Adult Education
computer course (or see the 'Useful links' box).
Keep safe online
Check our Internet use and
safety page or go to Get Safe
Online. There also is a specific a specific module in
Basics section of Learn My Way.