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Where to use a computer

Photo of a hand using mouseComputers are available at all Medway Libraries and are free to use.

The library service offers:

  • an online catalogue with pictures, descriptions and text excerpts
  • the ability to build a list of favourites, rate and review books, films and music and manage your account
  • The ability to build a profile of your reading habits and receive email alerts when new stock arrives and matches your lists
  • the chance for family and friends to join online and order stock for when they visit the library to confirm their membership
  • multi-functional printer/photocopiers that are more environmentally friendly and help manage printing more efficiently
  • Computer courses in partnership with UK Online Centres and Medway Adult and Community learning Service.

Although it is free to use the computers for Microsoft Office and internet access, there are printing costs.

Medway Libraries' staff are trained to help with basic IT problems, so help is on hand if you get stuck. All libraries have at least one computer with adaptations for customers with sensory or physical impairment.

The computers give you:

  • free internet access
  • Microsoft Office software, including database applications and desktop publishing
  • flat-bed scanners at most libraries
  • online resources including encyclopaedias and newspapers 
  • Free WiFi

Guest computer users

Medway Libraries guest sessions, available for tourists and other visitors, allow you 15 minutes to access the internet and email; perfect if you just want to call in to check your email or look at a website. Guest sessions are free.

Children and young people

Children and young people are welcome to use computers and the internet in Medway libraries, contact your local library for details or call Chatham Community Hub on the number below.  For homework help children and young people are encouraged to use Medway libraries' range of online resources.

Searching the internet

When you browse the internet, remember that it is not regulated. Sites can be out of date, inaccurate, offensive or even illegal. Computer users need to take responsibility for what they find. See Medway's internet user policy. Medway libraries' staff can help find what you want, avoiding what you don't need. Here are some useful sites: