Computers and online learning
All libraries in West Lothian provide access to computers. You can use them to:
- access the internet
- do word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, cvs etc
- print your work
- save your work onto a memory stick
Anyone who lives, works or takes an interest in West Lothian can join free.
Users are expected to become library members and those under 16 require permission from a parent or guardian.
The "Acceptable Use of Computers" and the shorter version "Conditions of Use", are available below and are freely available from staff.
Ask Scotland is an online information service provided by Scotland's public libraries, that lets you get real answers from real people. You can email a question using the online form and receive a reply within 48 hours or chat with a ibrarian using our instant messaging service, which is available 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Want to use Facebook, but don't know where to start? Click here to see a beginner's guide to Facebook that will answer your questions and help you find friends and share your news and photos.
We subscribe to a variety of online databases, most of them accessible from home, so click on the logos below to bring the facts alive, search newspapers, practice for the Driving Theory Test or British Citizenship Test or discover Scottish life in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Go Citizen - practice for the British Citizenship test online.
Official Publications Online - access to the Edinburgh, London and Belfast Gazettes.
Learn online at your library or at home by exploring the wide variety of courses open to you through the Open University and Alison.
These courses are free and can be done at your own pace, whether you want to improve your job skills or learn for enjoyment. Check out the websites below for more information.
Open University - Open Learn : free online learning for everyone. Learn about a wide range of subjects from Arts and History to IT and computing, or brush up your study or language skills.
Alison : improve your job skills with an extensive range of free online interactive work-related courses, from touch typing to project management or Microsoft Office packages.
My World of Work: help to choose a career, find a job and tips on creating successful CVs and interview techniques.
Our libraries also offer access to a large and varied book stock which can support your learning, and help you find a job. The full range of material is available through the online library catalogue.