Whatever it is you want to learn about, you will find a range of resources and courses at your local library that will help you.
Computer access in libraries
As a result of the lottery funded People's Network scheme, all our libraries have computers with free access to the internet, as well as Microsoft Office, scanning, printing and networked reference information .
You must be a library member to use library computers.
Booking is not essential as you can walk in to any library and use a computer straight away as long as it's available. However, to be sure a computer is available when you need it we recommend that you book it in advance. To book a computer contact your local library.
We offer the following facilities on all our library computers:
- Internet access
- Microsoft Word for word processing
- Microsoft Excel for spreadsheets
- Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations
- Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF documents
- Shortcuts to our online databases
- Access from the desktop to our library catalogue
- Printing - most libraries offer both black and white and colour printing
- You can use USB devices to save your work and computer floppy disks are sold from the library issue desks.
There is a charge for some of these services. Visit our Library fees and charges page for further information.
At least one computer in each library will also provide access to the following:
- MS Publisher for publication standard documents
- JAWS Screen Reading software
- Supernova Screen Reading and Magnification software
- Desktop and Internet services through the medium of Welsh
One computer in each library is located on a height adjustable desk suitable for use by wheelchair customers.
We understand that using a computer can be a daunting prosect for many people. This is why, throughout the year Caerphilly Libraries hold a variety of courses, workshops and learning sessions for adults wishing to learn how to use one.
Whatever your level of computer skills, your local library will have something to offer you.
- 1-2-1 computer session
In many of our libraries we run computer 'taster sessions' on a number of different topics to get you started. These include, computers for absolute beginners, internet and email, word processing and online family history classes.
The scheme offers one to one training and will improve confidence using a PC. Contact your local library for details.
Caerphilly Library Service is working in partnership with the WEA and local colleges to provide students access to Learn Direct courses on the internet for FREE.
The great thing about learning with Learndirect is that the courses are so flexible. Courses are broken down into bite-sized chunks, so you can learn at your own pace whenever and wherever it suits you.
For further information contact Learndirect or Library Headquarters on 01443 864068.
- Adult Learners Week
Every year during May, libraries in Caerphilly county borough hold a week of events that offer free learning taster sessions. Further details about this event will be posted here in due course.
To find out more about what you can expect as a learner from your local library download the document below:
Learner Entitlements and Charter (PDF 25kb)
For further information about learning in our libraries, contact your local library.
First Click computer sessions
BBC First Click is a two-year BBC Learning Campaign to encourage people who currently don't use the Internet, to understand and enjoy its benefits. Sessions are led by library staff and include covering the basics for absolute beginners including using a mouse, logging onto the internet and setting up an email.
There are sessions taking place in all 19 libraries in Caerphilly county borough and are booked on an appointment basis to tailor the sessions and find a time convenient for you. Just pop into your local library for more information.