The People's Network - What is it?
The People's Network is a public-access internet service
available in all Sefton's libraries, free to use for the first 30
minutes of a session. This means that every person in Sefton can
use a computer at their local library.
As well as being internet-enabled, our People's Network
computers also support a range of software for word processing and
You may also wish to use the People's Network computers
to take advantage of our 24 hour library service
- a selection of
online resources for which we pay the subscriptions.
The People's Network computers are very popular, so we advise
that you book in advance. To do this simply call in, phone or
email any Sefton library to check availability. You can also
book a computer session in
. If a terminal is not in use you may just be
able to walk up and use it, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Files can be temporarily downloaded to computer hard
drives. However, these will be wiped at the end of each
session - you may therefore want to either print or save your
work to disk. Floppy disks and CDs are available to buy in
your local library if you don't have your own.
Each library has a People's Network printer installed. This
allows you to print any documents you may require for a small
charge. If you'd like help with printing using our People's Network
computers you can ask a member of staff. Alternatively, you
could also consult our step-by-step guide to
Acceptable Use Policy
The two Acceptable Use
Policies - Adult and Children,
young people and parents documents set
out acceptable usage by customers of public computers in all
Sefton Libraries. This covers use of all library hardware, software
and use of the Internet. Customers using library computer equipment
must be members of the library, and hold a valid library card.
Rapid developments in internet technology present excellent
opportunities for all. These technologies also lead to new risks
that we need to address, for example cyberbullying, online grooming
and exploitation, exposure to pornography and identity theft.
Sefton Libraries’ e-Safety Policy explains
how we are working to help protect IT users, so that everyone can
safely enjoy the benefits of the internet.
The aim of ‘Stay Safe Online with Sefton Libraries' leaflets is
to raise the awareness of adults, children, young people and
families about e-safety issues and how to safely enjoy the
Age appropriate leaflets are available upon request at all
Beginners IT sessions
Sefton Libraries are now offering sessions to help beginners to
learn about the basics of using computers and the internet.
Churchtown Library: Two 1 hourly sessions every
Wednesday 2pm - 4pm
Crosby Libary: Sessions lasting for two hours
are held upstairs in the reference library every 3rd Tuesday of the
month, 10am -12pm. Please book in advance as places are
Library: Pupils from Range HS will assist the public with
hourly sessions on Wednesday afternoons. People interested should
check in advance, as students may have other commitments.
Meadows (Maghull) Library: GO-ON
website sessions planned for the last Friday of each month, hourly
appointments bookable in advance.
Southport Library: the temporary
library on Tulketh Street offers sessions which last up to one
hour; these be for one or two people at a time on separate,
dedicated PCs. Various time slots are available and can be booked
at Southport Library.