Laptop lending scheme

Borrow a laptop from your local library

This brand new and totally free scheme is now available from Trafford libraries. You are eligible for the scheme if you are:

  • A Trafford resident
  • Aged 16 or over

All you need to do is register for the library, give us a call on 0161 912 3189 to join and place your reservation. You will be notified once your laptop is available to collect from your nearest library.

Even if you don't have wi-fi at home, we also have 4G routers available as part of the scheme, so you will be able to connect to the internet from the comfort of your own home.

If you aren't confident navigating the online world, we also have one-to-one digital support available to talk you through getting started.

Remember our libraries are open at the moment for essential computer use

Find out more about your local library service.

Loan policy

The standard loan period is set at 3 weeks, but if you wanted to loan a laptop for a specific purpose e.g. to attend a training course, we are able to issue them for a longer period. You can discuss this with us at the point of reservation or when you collect the laptop from the library.

We will contact the customer throughout the duration of the loan. If no contact is made, the device will be disabled remotely.

The scheme is totally free.

Device loan agreement

Everyone who borrows a device will be given a copy of the device loan agreement below:

By borrowing a device you agree to:

  • Use device in line with the Acceptable Use Policy (see below)
  • Take reasonable measures to ensure the device is returned in the state it was borrowed
  • Inform Trafford Council immediately if the equipment is damaged, lost or stolen
  • Understand that negligent behaviour may lead to myself being liable for damages and/or loss
  • Return the device on the date agreed at the point of issue – or contact us to agree an extension to the loan period
  • Respond to any contact from the library throughout the duration of loan
  • Provide feedback of your experience with the device loan scheme.

What we will do in return:

  • Support you in setting up the device if required and/or;
  • Support you on a regular basis to help you develop your digital skills and/or;
  • Contact you to keep track of your learning progress
  • Help keep you safe while browsing the internet with Google Safe Search
  • Remind you when your device is due back.

Acceptable Use Policy

This Acceptable Usage Policy is designed to help protect all users, and the Council, from irresponsible behaviour, abusive or illegal activities.

The maximum benefits of the use of the technology can only be obtained in a situation where the importance of maintaining the security of the systems is fully understood.

This policy has been designed to assist all and to clarify what is deemed acceptable usage of all Trafford Council ICT equipment and networks.

Trafford Council reserves the right to disconnect any user at any time and for any reason. The device is provided to the learner as a courtesy to allow them to improve their digital skills at home.

Individuals should take every care to ensure the equipment is kept secure and well looked after.

Trafford Council takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content uploaded, shared, transmitted, or downloaded by you or any third party, or for anything you may encounter or any data that may be lost or compromised while using the device. By using the device, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Trafford Council for any losses or damages that may result from your use.

Inappropriate use of the device is not permitted. This policy does not enumerate all possible inappropriate uses but rather presents some guidelines (listed below) that Trafford Council may at any time use to make a determination that a particular use is inappropriate:

  • Use of the device for malicious, fraudulent, or misrepresentative purposes is prohibited
  • Nothing may be installed or used that modifies, disrupts, or interferes in any way with service for any user, host, or network

I am aware that Trafford Council may monitor activity on this device and understand that Trafford Council will report any use it deems unacceptable or inappropriate.

This is piece of equipment is the property of Trafford Council however, it is your responsibility to ensure that any equipment is not misused.

The Council does not insure computer equipment and that it might be the responsibility of the individual to finance the replacement of all lost or damaged equipment.

Any damage or loss of equipment is to be reported to Access Trafford on 0161 912 3189.

The Council is responsible for ensuring proper use of all computer equipment and therefore all data stored on Council equipment is the property of the Council.

Individuals should be aware that all data accessed while using a device provided by Trafford Council can, be monitored and accessed.


If you have any questions about the scheme please visit your local Trafford Library or call 0161 912 3189.