Manchester Libraries are pioneering a new scheme which allows library members to borrow a laptop for use within the library.
The scheme, believed to be the first of its kind in a UK public library, is being made available at four branches - City Library, Forum Library Wythenshawe, North City Library and Avenue Library & Learning Centre.
Customers can now take advantage of the free Wi-Fi at these four libraries to surf the internet from a sofa or easy chair, or can study at a desk with room to spread out reference books, rather than being restricted to a fixed computer point with limited space.
The decision to extend the scheme follows a positive reaction from customers to a trial run at City Library. Customers told library staff that they liked the freedom of using a portable device in a way that suited them.
To borrow a laptop, the customer must already be a library member and must leave a suitable form of identity - such as a credit card or driving licence - with library staff.
Executive member for culture and leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said:
"This laptop loan scheme is yet another innovative way of using technology to help our members and is another great reason to join the library, if you haven’t already."