Using Library computers
Take advantage of the free computer and internet access facilities available in all libraries in East Dunbartonshire.
What facilities are available?
Using our computers
Free WiFi is available for public use in William Patrick, Bishopbriggs, Bearsden and Lennoxtown Libraries.
Library members must agree to abide by our Acceptable Use Policy, and guest users must show valid proof of name and address and complete and sign a Computer & Internet Users Agreement. Children and young people under the age of 16 must have their form counter-signed by a parent or guardian. All of these are in the document section of this page.
Computers sessions of up to one hour can be booked either by phone or in person.
For those new to computers and digital devices or for those who just need a little help, a learning session at your local library is the best place to start.
We have something for everyone, whether you are an absolute beginner or just want to find out what the internet has to offer. Sessions are fun, with helpful friendly tutors who want to help you learn.
- Tablet Tips
- iPad for Beginners
- Android for Beginners
- Laptops for Beginners
- Digital Books and Magazines
- Set up Skype and Facetime
Our current Learning Programme Timetable is available in our What's On brochure. Sessions can be booked online 24/7 or by phone by calling 0141 777 3143 Monday - Friday 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.
Learners in East Dunbartonshire Libraries were filmed during an iPad Taster Session at Milngavie Library. East Dunbartonshire Libraries Mobilised project was chosen as a great example of inter-generational learning and the film highlighting this project is now available to watch on-line. More information about this project is available on the Scottish Government website.
There are also lots of free online learning opportunities available which you can work through at your own pace.
OpenLearn is provided by the Open University. A great number of courses are available with a wide range of topics. Courses are free, registration is simple and very good quality learning material is easily accessible.
The Digital Unite website offers a wide range of online guides to all aspects of computer use which are a great way to improve your computing knowledge and boost your digital confidence.
Help to access services
East Dunbartonshire libraries are working hard to make library services, events and resources accessible to everyone. We remove barriers to library services for people with permanent or temporary disabilities. This means that for library users with visual impairment, we can provide large print books, audio books on CD or MP3, as well as magnification or scanning aids to help read documents and to use the computers in the library learning suites.
All our libraries have a range of equipment and technology available to assist you when using the PCs. Please ask library staff if you need anything or would like to try any of the equipment listed below.
|ScannaR||ScannaR is a flat-bed scanner that will scan any text document and read it back to you in seconds.|
|myReader||myReader is the world's first low vision auto-reader. Designed to benefit people suffering from eye conditions such a macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma myReader captures an image of whatever is on the viewing table and rearranges it to fit on the screen according to your preferences.|
Each of our Library Learning Centres are equipped with resources to help you use a computer. In other areas in the library we also have height adjustable computer desks which can be used with accessible resources if required. Some of the tools and resources we have are:
- BigKeys LX keyboard
- Large trackball
- High contrast keyboard
- Supernova screen reader and magnifier
- Guide software
- Windows accessibility options
How accessibility equipment and software can help you
|Can't see the keyboard?||Large print keyboards in several colour combinations are available for use by every library.|
|Having trouble hitting only one key at a time?||Keyboards with key guards are available for use by every library.|
|Dislike the colours on the screen?||You can use the windows accessibility options to select either a default high contrast scheme or one of your own design.|
|Can't see what's on the screen?||Software is available to enlarge the image as much as you want on designated pc’s or staff are happy to assist you with magnification.|
|Are you left handed?||Left handed mice available in every library.|
|Don't like using a mouse?||You can use a tracker ball instead.|
We are always willing to listen to what you require to access library resources. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our service to you, please speak to staff at your local library or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Library learning suites
There are three Learndirect Branded Learning Centres in East Dunbartonshire Libraries – Bishopbriggs Library, William Patrick Library and Milngavie Library.
If you would like information on courses available, please ask at your local library or have a look at our What's On brochure.
Library Learning suites are also available for hire to community groups who wish to improve their IT skills.