Computer & Internet Services
Take advantage of our many free Internet-connected 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.
the public computers are not available on Sundays. However, Wi-fi service is available.
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.
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.
The Children’s Department (at Main Branch) now 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.
All users of internet access must abide by the Library's Acceptable Use Policy
Can I print?
Printing is available from the public computers for 25 cents per page. We do not have a colour printer. At this time, you cannot print from our wifi network.
I don’t have a library card—can I use the computers?
Out-of-town guests may use the public computers upon presentation of valid identification. Peterborough residents are asked to obtain a library card (for free) and sign on with their library card number.
Why can’t I use a CD or DVD?
Our computer stations actually share a CPU among four stations. This makes it difficult for each station to track the use of the CD drive. We recommend using a USB key instead of CDs for external storage.
Why can I only use the computers for an hour a day?
The computers are very popular. In order to ensure equitable access to the computers, we limit usage to one hour. If you need more time to work on a resume or job searching, Peterborough Community Help Centre (178 Charlotte St. in the Charlotte Mews) also has computers available for this use.
How long can I logon to wireless?
Wireless use is unlimited, as users bring their own computers.
Why can’t we use the computers on Sundays?
Unfortunately, City of Peterborough resources do not allow us to provide this service during all opening hours. The library is staffed at a minimum level on Sundays, which prevents us from offering a full level of support to monitor and assist patrons with computer use in addition to regular Information Desk duties.