Reserve a Computer

You can reserve a computer at library branches.

Reserve a Computer

How to make a computer reservation

TPL customers can book two 60-minute sessions per day per branch. Booking two sessions back-to-back provides an uninterrupted 120 minute session. There is a 5 minute grace period to begin your session before it is automatically cancelled.

Contact your branch for information about local computer availability.

Computers with internet access and Microsoft Office software can be booked up to three days in advance. You may print, photocopy or use a scanner if available during your session.

  1. Access the Reserve a Computer System and enter a valid library card number and PIN (last four digits of your telephone number unless you have changed it).

    • Note: If you have a temporary digital card, you will not be able to make a reservation using this card.
    • You can register online for a permanent Digital Access Card which you can use to reserve a computer.

  2. Select the branch where you want to reserve.

  3. Reserve any computer or a specific computer.

  4. Select the date, computer type and time.

  5. Select “Make Booking”. Note: If you do not begin your session with 5 minutes of the scheduled start time, your session will be automatically cancelled. You can reschedule or cancel your reservation using the online tool.

Note: If you are unable to make a reservation online, please book directly through staff by calling the branch.

Digital Innovation Hub computers

Our Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) offer Windows and Mac computers with industry standard design and creation software, and scanners. Customers can book 2-hour computer sessions once per day per DIH branch. If you would like to make a computer reservation at one of our 8 DIH locations, please book directly through staff by calling the location directly.

Frequently Asked Questions About Reserve a Computer

What if I don’t have a library card to make a reservation?

Walk up use will be available. Subject to availability, staff will provide you with a same day, one-hour booking to use a computer. You can register online for a permanent Digital Access Card which you can use to reserve a computer. Please check the list of identification requirements before going to register.

Do I have to make a reservation?

Reservations are the only way to guarantee that you will be able to use a computer at a given time. Due to limited access, we strongly recommend making a reservation online or with staff over the phone.

Why does the Reserve a Computer system differentiate between adults’ and children’s library cards?

Children's computers can only be reserved using a child's library card. In keeping with the library's practice of providing age-appropriate materials for children in safe and welcoming environments, designated children's computers with filtered Internet access are available in the children's areas of branches.

Children are also entitled to make use of the unfiltered Internet access available on adult computers and are able to reserve adult computers with their cards. For more information, please see the library's Internet Use Policy.