Reserve a Computer

Reservations can be made in any library branch or from anywhere that you have Internet access.

You will be able to reserve a computer 3 days ahead excluding the days the branch is closed.

Reserve a Computer

Frequently Asked Questions About Reserve a Computer

How do I make a reservation?

You can make your reservation at the library using one of the Library Catalogue computers, or access the Reserve a Computer system from any place you have Internet access. You will be asked to enter a valid library card number and PIN (last four digits of your telephone number unless you have changed it) when making a reservation.

What if I don't have a library card?

How to get a library card. Express and drop-in computers do not require a library card. You can also speak to branch staff about obtaining a temporary one-time use number or an in-library access card.

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, but if there is time available, you can sign in to any reservable computer that is not in use or has not been reserved for another person.

Branches may also have some express or drop-in computers that are not reservable and do not require you to enter a library card number. These computers are first come, first served.

How much time can I spend on the computer?

You can reserve a maximum of 60 minutes - two 30-minute sessions per day per branch. Making a reservation for two 30-minute sessions in a row on the same computer will allow you to work continuously for 60 minutes without "timing out."

If no one else has reserved the computer, you can continue using it until the next reservation.

Workstations with the Adobe Creative Suite installed can be reserved for a maximum of 120 minutes - two 60-minute sessions per day per branch.

You can also use the non-reservable computers on a first come, first served basis: express computers have 15-minute sessions; drop-in computers have 30-minute sessions.

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.