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 PCs to get online or use office applications. If you don't have your library card or aren't a member you'll need some ID showing your name.
PCs can be used for two hours; you need to book a slot in advance to use one either online or by calling (01226) 773555.
Please note, only one person can use a PC at a time and 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 free of charge.
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.
We are collaborating with the Good Things Foundation to distribute free sims and mobile data to local people living in data poverty.
The National Databank scheme is supported by UK mobile networks including Vodafone, O2 and Three.
If you're a Barnsley resident, and meet the eligibility criteria, you can register your interest to take part in the distribution scheme.
You can also complete the form on behalf of other people if you know of someone who would benefit from free mobile data.
To be eligible to access the databank you must be:
- Over 18 Years old
- From a low-income household
And meet one or more of the following statements:
- You have no or insufficient access to the internet at home
- You have no or insufficient access to the internet away from home
- You can't afford your existing monthly contract or top-up
We reserve the right to deny access to the National Databank if you don't meet all the essential criteria above.