7 reasons to join the library today

First of all, it is really easy to join.  I’d recommend becoming a full member, but you can also register online to take advantage of online services such as borrowing eBooks and eMagazines.

To become a full member, visit your local library with proof of ID (with your name and current address) e.g. a utility bill or a driving licence. You’ll be asked to complete a form, but you’ll be a full member in a matter of minutes.

It really couldn’t be simpler.

eMagazines

1. You can borrow the following for free:

  • borrow up to 9 books at a time for up to 3 weeks.
  • borrow eBooks and audiobooks for either  7, 14 or 21 days at a time.
  • eMagazines – you can return eMagazines if you want and when you want.
Free computer use and internet access

2. Free Wi-Fi is available in all Libraries.

Whether you need a space to work from, have coursework to do, or just want a quiet place to browse the Internet, with free Wi-Fi your library has you covered. All you need is your library membership ID and PIN number.

3. Free computer use and internet access

If you don’t have access to your own device, the library can provide a computer with Internet access. All for free.

Book a computer session

  • We recommend that you book your computer session in advance.
  • Library members can book a computer for a maximum of 60 minutes at any one time.
  • Bookings may be made up to seven days in advance and may be made online or by contacting the library of your choice.
Get Free computer training at your library

4. Free Computer Training

Libraries NI currently offers two computer courses: Got IT? and Go On.

Got IT? is a computer help programme delivered by Libraries NI staff to support people with little or no knowledge of computers. 

Go ON is a programme which takes skills one step further and allows people to enhance their computer abilities.

Book a meeting room in your library

5. You can book a Meeting Room

Libraries NI offers a selection of meeting rooms in various library locations across Northern Ireland.
The meeting rooms are supported by professional library staff, computer and print facilities
as well as free access to Wi-Fi for members.

Facilities vary in each location however some of the libraries provide interactive whiteboards,
data projectors and air conditioning in the meeting rooms.

6. Do you run your own business?

The Libraries NI Business Information Service provides free access to reliable and up-to-date information.
We can

• help you identify customers and learn about competitors
• help you compile customer databases and mailing lists
• provide advice about intellectual property rights and standards
• assist in your search for suppliers
• research market trends
• inform you of really useful business websites

This is a useful service for those already in business, those who are starting their own enterprise and students studying business.

use library resources to get a new job

7. Job Hunting

Are you looking for a job or a new challenge?

Your local library has a variety of resources that you can use to help you get hired.

At your local library you can:

• browse a range of books on how to write a CV and prepare for an interview.
• search for a job online using our network of computers and free internet access
• use computers to create your CV or write covering letters
• keep up-to-date with current affairs and browse job pages in daily newspapers, available in all libraries
• gain new skills with our Got IT and Go ON courses
• use our business information service to research company history before you go for an interview

Do you or someone you know want to make better use of  smartphones and tablet devices or just improve digital skills? Why not try the free Go ON NI courses. The courses take place in libraries, community centres and other venues across Northern Ireland.