Computer & Internet Access

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Take advantage of our many free public computers, available at both branches. Simply login using your library card number. Out-of-town visitors may sign in with valid ID.

Computers are available on a first-come-first-served basis. You are welcome to use one hour per day.

Adult Computers

Check your email, work on your resume, do research or just surf. The computers are Linux-based, and use Chrome or Firefox for Internet browsing. In addition, they are equipped with open-source software for word processing, spreadsheets, and much more. Users may bring in USB flash drives for data storage.

Printing is available at 25 cents per page (black & white) or $1.00 per page for colour.

Children under the age of 14 may use these computers with adult supervision. However, they are also welcome to use the filtered computers in the Children’s Department.

Children’s Computers

The Children’s Department (at Main Branch) has 4 computers equipped with Internet filtering for children. (If children under 14 require unfiltered access to the Internet, they may use the Adult computers with constant parent/guardian supervision.)

In addition there are 2 Early Literacy computers for younger children. These computers have specific programs and games for educational and instructional use.


Users may bring in their own portable devices and access one of the library’s two wireless networks (secure and unsecure) at either branch.  As with the public computers, users login using their library card number.

Please Note: All users of internet access must abide by the Library's Acceptable Use Policy.

Acceptable Use

The use of the internet computers in the library is a privilege, not a right. The Peterborough Public Library and Employees retain the right to determine whether the privilege of use should be granted or revoked.  Click here to read our Internet and Computer Use Policy, which details acceptable uses, rules of "online" behaviour, and access privileges for Internet users.

Penalties for Improper Use

Any user violating the Internet and Computer Use Policy, service guidelines, rules and procedures, or any applicable provincial or federal laws is subject to loss of access privileges and any other actions deemed appropriate, including restitution.