Get Online Bury

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The Get Online campaign helps Bury residents access the internet and learn about using computers. We can help you with things that:

  • you have to do - such as applying for housing, claiming benefits like Universal Credit, or looking for a job
  • you want to do - such as looking for cheaper energy deals which may be only available online
  • you like to do - such as shopping, researching family history, or keeping in touch with friends and family by email and social media

We do this by providing:

  • free public access computers at council offices and libraries throughout the borough
  • learning courses on how to use computers and the internet
  • one to one support from trained council staff or volunteers, to help you complete tasks you need to do
  • free wi-fi connection to the internet in some council buildings and all libraries so you can bring your own laptop or tablet

Free computer and internet access

Access to free computers and the internet is available at Digital Hubs and libraries across the borough.

You will need a library card to use one of our computers. If you're not already a member, it's free and you can join immediately at any of our libraries or Digital Hubs. Just bring proof of your name and address with you.

Radcliffe Digital Hub

7 Whittaker Street, Radcliffe, M26 2TD.

Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

  • 14 computers (no need to book)
  • Digital coach available for advice and support
  • Online Basics courses to get you started

Bury Town Hall Digital Hub

Bury Town Hall reception, Knowsley Street, Bury, BL9 0SW.

Open: Monday to Friday 8.45am to 5pm.

  • 4 computers (no need to book)
  • Staff on hand to help complete on line application forms

Libraries

There are 14 libraries across the borough, offering free computer and internet access.

Check with your local library for their opening times and if you need to ring to book a computer. Many libraries are open at weekends and some are open in the evening.

  • Digital volunteers and library staff on hand to help
  • Free wi-fi in all libraries
  • Online Basics and Digital Buddy sessions available

Free learning courses

There is something for everyone, whether you are an absolute beginner, or you already have a computer and just need some help to get the most out of it. There are sessions held in libraries and Digital Hubs, or online courses you can do at home at your own pace.

Face to face courses

If you have a couple of hours spare the following free sessions are available:

  • Digital Hub at Whittaker Street, Radcliffe - courses about how to use your tablet, computer, or smartphone, every other Thursday 10am to 12noon. Phone 0161-253-7040 for availability. 
  • Online Basics courses - small group sessions helping you to use the internet and stay safe online. Available at Bury Library, Tuesday to Friday at 2.15pm plus Wednesdays at 10.30am. Book a place by calling into Bury Library or by phoning 0161-253-7089.
  • Digital Buddy sessions at Bury Library - one hour long sessions to help you use your tablet, computer, or smart phone. These are available at 10.30am Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and at 10am till 12pm on Saturdays. Book a session by calling into Bury Library or by phoning 0161-253-7089.
  • Digital buddy sessions are also available at the following libraries:
    • Prestwich Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 12pm. Phone 0161-253-7214 to book.
    • Tottington Library on Thursdays between 10am and 12pm. Phone 0161-253-6652 to book.
    • Whitefield Library on Tuesdays between 10am and 12pm. Phone 0161-253-7510 to book.

If you feel you need more advanced training than a single session will provide, you might want to consider a course provided by Bury Council's Adult Learning Services. Please note there are charges for these courses, which run for 6 to 10 weeks. Courses on offer include:

  • Computers Made Easy
  • How to use your tablet/iPad
  • ITQ/ECDL qualifications

Online courses

Learn My Way - a web site of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.

Digital Unite - Guides - a series of guides about all aspects of using computers.

BBC Webwise Digital Skills - through the BBC web site you can find out how to get connected to the internet and develop your online skills