Welcome to the People's Network

Have your say - library opening hours consultation

We are asking you to comment on the pattern of opening hours we plan to allocate across the week to your local libraries. We want to increase the number of evenings, when at least one library is open in an area.

Visit the consultation to give us your views. You can reply until 26 November 2017.

The consultation applies to the 47 libraries currently open.

Storing/saving your work

You will not be able to store or save work permanently on this PC. Each PC is cleaned at the end of the session to ensure protect user's privacy and security.
Options for storage include:
• Pen drive
• Cloud storage – find out more from this Digital Unite guide
• Email to yourself
• CD/DVD drive

Come to a Lancashire Adult Learning course

We are holding courses across our libraries with Lancashire Adult Learning. Courses include work club, ICT essentials, creative writing, Lego robotics for families, mindfulness and more.

Find a course.

Lancashire's 50 Books Challenge

We're challenging Lancashire readers to read or listen to a book a week in 2017. We want all our book lovers across the county to share reviews and ratings on our catalogue. Find out more.

Stay safe online

Sign up for a Learn my Way Online Safety course to help you shop, bank and socialise safely online.

See our important advice on how to stay safe online.

Lancashire libraries have prepared a list of useful websites to help you stay safe online.

CEOP offer help and advice to keep children safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? You can report it to CEOP.

Go to the CEOP safety centre

New and improved service

Burnley and Longridge libraries have new hardware and software on the People's Network. PCs, laptops and Chromebooks are available at each library. Wi-Fi coverage has been improved at both libraries and Wi-Fi printing is available.

The free, open access Libre Office suite is available on the new PCs and laptops. This has most of the same features and functions as MS Office, the main difference you will notice is that features are differently named and may be found in different locations. A brief guide to Libre Office is available (PDF 454 KB).

Alternatively, you can use cloud services such as Google Docs or Office online to work with documents, but you will need a Google or Windows live (Hotmail, Outlook) account to do so.

Benefit checking

You can use an independent benefits calculator to find out what benefits you could get and how to claim.

Reserve a computer

People's Network PCs, laptops and Chromebooks in libraries can be reserved in advance for up to two hours a day.

Just logon, select the library you want and book a slot.

Reserve a computer at Burnley or Longridge library

For all other libraries reserve a computer here

Get online - learn the basics

Free help to get online, use the mouse and keyboard, search the web safely and use email.

We provide bite-size courses and one to one help. It doesn't matter how young or old you are, it doesn't matter if you've never used a computer, we can help you!

These courses use the short Learn My Way online modules with support from library staff and volunteers. The courses are self-directed and interactive and allow people to progress at their own pace. Ask at this library about the next or nearest course.

Get online basics courses in Lancashire Libraries 

Tell us about your basic digital skills 

Apply for a Blue Badge

You can apply for your Blue Badge online - find more information and a how to apply guide.

Search the library catalogue

Search, reserve and renew books, audio/spoken word and large print books, CDs, DVDs, local studies material and music scores.

Library catalogue

What's on

Find events in Lancashire

Digital Library for online information

Our Digital Library  is a selection of websites chosen, organised and maintained by library professionals to answer your questions about everything from a pub quiz to a PhD.

It includes high quality online information resources. Normally to access any of these, you would need to take out a paid subscription but, as part of Lancashire County Council's Digital Library, we have paid the subscription so you don't have to.

The Digital Library also contains a Good Web Guide and a Learning Place, with sites especially selected and organised to help with school and homework.

Search for eBooks and audio books

Our eBook and eAudio download library is a collection of fiction and non-fiction titles available for library members who have a Lancashire postcode to download. Please note downloads cannot be made on the People's Network computers – you can search and reserve items, and use the read/listen in browser option.

Special educational needs and disabilities - local offer

The SEND local offer brings together information that is helpful to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

Employment support

Access Jobseeker Skills which includes guides to Universal Jobmatch, job hunting, CVs/covering letters, interviews and starting work. Login with your Lancashire library card number.

Volunteering

Find out about becoming a volunteer and volunteer opportunities.

Stay safe online

See our important advice on how to stay safe online

Lancashire libraries have prepared a list of useful websites to help you stay safe online

CEOP offer help and advice to keep children safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? You can report it to CEOP.

Go to the CEOP safety centre

Use a library computer or Wi-Fi

Find out more about using library computers, personal laptops and devices in libraries and about access to free Wi-Fi.