Reopening our libraries
We're pleased that as part of government plans we're looking at reopening our libraries.
Each of our library buildings has a very different layout, so to make sure we're opening in the safest possible way for both the public and our staff we'll be opening each site in a phased way.
Your digital hub
Our libraries provide a digital hub for the community, whether you need to connect to the internet, charge your device, use a computer or learn new digital skills.
Library @ the Lightbox offers state-of-the-art technology, including interactive screens, a 55-inch interactive table and virtual reality experiences.
Want to learn how to code, print in 3D, or take part in a digital story time? Find out what's happening in branch by taking a look at our activities and events.
You can access the internet at all of our libraries by connecting your smartphone, tablet or laptop to our free WiFi.
Need help connecting? Just ask.
You can also use our tablets to get online in Library @ the Lightbox.
Use a computer
Library members can use our computers to get online or use word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. Due to COVID-19 you can currently only book a PC for one hour.
If you don't have your library card, aren't a member, or are just visiting Barnsley, you'll need some ID showing your name.
Please note, use of our PCs closes 15 minutes before the library closes.
Printing and scanning
You can print documents in black and white or colour at all of our libraries for free.
At Library @ the Lightbox you'll soon be able to print wirelessly from your own device too with our self-service WiFi printing.
Every library also has free-to-use scanning and photocopying facilities available.
Our virtual reality experiences at Library @ the Lightbox let you step into a digital world like never before.
With sessions for a range of ages, our VR experiences include exercises, mental challenges and friendly competitions.
Take a look at our activities and events to see what's coming up.
Learn basic IT skills
If you've never used a computer or tablet before, or are looking to improve basic IT skills, we can help you to learn.
Our basic IT courses guide you through e-learning modules on Learn My Way, including using a keyboard, using the internet, and online shopping. Working at your own pace, we're on hand to answer any questions you have.
eBooks and digital resources
There's a range of digital resources our library members can use for free.
You can borrow titles from our collection of eBooks and eAudio, as well as download new and back-issues of popular magazines.
You can also access online reference collections such as Encyclopaedia Britannica and Oxford Reference.
Code club is for children aged 5 to 11 to learn and improve their coding skills in a supportive environment, even if they've never done it before. The group share ideas and skills between themselves and improve their coding abilities through projects and activities.
We're also part of the national Code Club network - providing children with the opportunity to get involved with coding at all levels.