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Computer services at Shetland Library

Learning Centre

  • We have 16 free to use public access computers in the Library Learning Centre, next door to the main library building, and 3 in the main library. They are free to use for both members and visitors.
  • The computers close down automatically 10 minutes before the library closes. Please make sure you have saved or printed all your work before shutdown, as staff cannot extend your session at the end of the day.
  • Free Wi-fi is available throughout the library buildings and grounds. If you need to charge your laptop, tablet or phone, you can do this at our laptop bar, or at either of our green charging stations, on the mezzanine floor of the main library. A wireless printer is available for public use in the Learning Centre. Please ask a staff member for information on how to connect your device. Print prices as below.
  • Booking a computer isn't usually necessary but if you want to be sure of getting one with a scanner, or prefer to work in your favourite space, please use this link: Book a Computer or telephone 01595 743875.


What does the Learning Centre provide?

  • Good quality Windows 10 computers with free internet access.
        • Guaranteed one hour sessions for every user – no time limit as long as other users aren’t waiting (Note: PC will log you out after 3hrs. There is a 3hr /day limit for under 16s)
        • Use of Microsoft software - Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint and Publisher
        • Printing - both black & white and colour (10p and 30p per sheet)
        • Three colour A3 flatbed scanners.
        • Access to quality subscription reference web sites, e.g. European Newsstream and Britannica Online - see the 24 Hour Library page for more information.
        • Books on computers and ICT.
        • BrightRED and Leckie study guides for students.
        • Language learning packs and fiction in other languages.
        • DVD feature films and TV tie-ins for both children and adults (£1 per film, £2 or £3 per box set).
        • USB (flash) drives and headphones are available for sale in the Learning Centre.


        Learning about computers

        Find out how Library staff can help you with free advice at our weekly drop-in, every Tuesday from 10am to 11am.


        Acceptable use policy (PDF)

        We have some advice and a few rules to encourage responsible and safe use of our computers and the public wifi network.


        Accessibility aids for computers

        Find out about the helpful hardware and software you can use in the Learning Centre by dropping along, or please contact Nicola Sinclair on 01595 743868 for more information.


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