Digital Drop In

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Digital drop-ins and free data 

Digital skills enable us to use devices including computers, laptops and smartphones to access the internet and lots more. We're here to help you find the support you need to get access to digital skills and equipment across Bolton. 


Learn how to do things online 

If you need help with your laptop, tablet or smartphone call in to a Tea and T'internet digital drop in at one of our community libraries. Enjoy a warm drink while you get to grips with your device.

There's a drop in at Central Library each week and the listed libraries once a month. There's no need to book, just call in!

To find out more about the range of digital support available in Bolton download our NEW support guide! 

Download the guide to Digital Support in Bolton 

To find out how to get to your chosen drop in location, click the library name:



Central Library  

Every Thursday 2pm-4pm

Farnworth Library

Third Monday of month 2pm-4pm

Harwood Library

Second Tuesday of month 2pm-4pm

Horwich Library

Last Monday of month 2pm-4pm

Little Lever Library

Last Thursday of month 2pm-4pm

Westhoughton Library

Last Friday of month 2pm-4pm


Help with the cost of getting online

Help is available for people struggling to get online, or do things online, or who have lost access to the internet through lack of money.

Free wifi and public computers

Visit your local library for access to computers and Wi-FI free of charge. You can use a library computer up to one hour free of charge with a small charge for any subsequent time a computer is used. If you are job seeking please let a member of staff know and we will be able to add time to your session free of charge. See library opening hours

If you have your own device and need access to the Internet, all of Bolton's libraries have free Wi-Fi available. Ask a member of staff for help to connect your device. 

National Databank

If you are 18+ years old, from a low-income household, and can answer yes to one or more of the statements below, you are eligible for a free 20GB data/calls and texts SIM via the National Databank.

Does one or more of the following apply to you?

  • I have no access or insufficient access to the internet at home
  • AND/OR I have no or insufficient access to the internet when away from the home 
  • AND/OR I cannot afford your existing monthly contract or top up

To collect a free SIM, please attend one of our Free Sim Drop Ins every Friday 2pm-4pm at Bolton Central Library. For more information email or call 01204 332853. 

Download the National Databank leaflet

Social tariffs

Social tariffs are cheaper broadband and phone packages for those on low incomes. This could mean a saving of around £180 a year. If you receive benefits, you could be eligible. Find out more on Ofcom's website.

Email or call 01204 332853 and ask to speak to a member of the DES team for help with social tariffs.  

Borrow a digital device

If you do not have access to the internet at home, you may be able to borrow a device and get data from the Bolton Digital Lending Library for free. Book a free one to one with a Digital Helper to get to grips with your loaned device. Call 01204 332853 or email to book your session. 


UCAN Centres

Helpful and friendly staff provide a little bit of everything in Bolton's UCAN centres, so no matter what you are looking for or what support you need they're the right place for you!

There are centres across Bolton - click here to find your nearest UCAN centre.

In most centres you'll be able to find:

  • A friendly welcome
  • Help finding you a job
  • Free use of the internet and computers
  • Training courses
  • Access to social activities and community groups
  • Help with housing issues and benefits
  • Health and wellbeing support and advice
  • Help with money matters
  • Free use of the phone
  • And lots more - all for FREE.

IT Centres and Wi-Fi Hotspots

Click the map below to see where you can access Wi-Fi and IT equipment in Bolton. 

Help to buy devices and connectivity 


The wonderful team at Recycle-IT! offer low-cost refurbished computer equipment, supporting not only environmental sustainability but also bridging the digital divide in our community. They are based in the Market Place and also accept donations of old devices that would otherwise be thrown away and sent to landfill.

For more information, pop into their shop or visit their website.


Digital help