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Library Facilities

WiFi

All City of Ryde libraries provide free wireless internet access for customers. It can be connected to via any smart device that allows for wireless connection.

Make sure your Wi-Fi connection is on. The name will depend on which library you are using it from – for example, if you are at Ryde Library then the name of the network will be “Top Ryde Library”.

After you connect a browser window should appear with our terms and conditions of use, which you will need to read and accept. If the window does not automatically pop up, you can trigger it by opening a new browser and typing in any web address. 

Public Computers 

Public access computers are available to access for free at all City of Ryde Libraries for those with a valid Ryde Library Service membership. Non-library members can join the library or obtain a guest card from library staff.

Computers can be used for a maximum of 90 minutes each day, subject to availability. You can also book computers in advance by going online

All public computers come installed with Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Headphone and multiple USB ports are available for you to connect external devices.

Access to certain restricted sites have been removed, including all adult-oriented sites, gaming websites, newsgroups, chat rooms, and other sites deemed offensive by the Australian Film and Classification Board. If you are aware of any such sites that may have gotten past the filters set in place, please inform a library staff. We thank your vigilance in alerting us of these instances. 

Photocopying and Printing

Photocopying and printing services are available at all City of Ryde Libraries for those with a valid Ryde Library Service membership. Non-library members can join the library or obtain a guest card from library staff to print or photocopy.

There are different costs to photocopying and printing. For a complete list, please see our Library Fees and Charges page.

Credit can be added to your Library card through specific auto-loader machines that accept payment in coins, notes or credit card. These machines do not give change, though extra credit will stay on your card for future use.

Remote access printing is also available. You will need to access Web Print and log in with your library membership to upload your file. Please note that only certain file formats are supported and file size limits apply. Once it has been uploaded, print jobs can then be released through the printer at any of our five City of Ryde Library branches.

Scanning

Scanning services are available for free at all City of Ryde Libraries.

Specific computers have scanners attached to them for ease of access. Scans can be made in colour and then attached to an email or saved onto a USB device. Instructions for use are available on the scanners themselves.

Alternatively, you can also scan straight from our photocopiers to email or USB device.

Meeting Rooms

Due to COVID, study rooms are under restrictions. Please contact the library for availability.

The following rooms are available at Ryde library: 

  • 1 study room. Bookings essential
  • 2 small study rooms. Bookings essential

Please contact library staff to book. Bookings 7 days in advance only.

Capacity limits apply please check with staff.

The Hive Digital Media Lab (West Ryde Library)

The Hive Digital Media Lab is currently open for public use at West Ryde Library. To meet social distancing restrictions only one Apple Mac and one Windows PC are available.

Each computer offers access to industry standard creative software for a large variety of personal projects, including graphics design, photo and video editing programs, as well as web and application development.

Visit The Hive page for more information.

Grand Piano (Ryde Library)

Ryde Library has a Grand piano in its front Atrium area. This is available for public use.

Times available:

  • 12pm – 2pm
  • 3pm – 4pm
  • 6pm – 7pm

Maximum 30 minutes a day. Please see staff prior to starting, to ensure that playing won’t coincide with library events.

Skill Level: We consider an ‘accomplished’ pianist to be able to play to the equivalent of piano grade 5 or higher as examined by the Australian Music Examiners Board.

Please note: The grand piano is not for practice (chopsticks or scales are not appropriate).

View the Grand Piano Guidelines(PDF, 294KB)

Last updated on 23 June 2021