Free Computer Use in Paris
A branch of La Cantine, it’s called Espace Public Numérique and is a public space for computer and Internet use for those who do not have access at home.
Offered by the city of Paris
12 computer posts are available for consulting the Internet or reading emails with or without the help of a “cyber space expert”! ;-P (I think that is for a certain generation who didn’t grow up with computers as a household necessity).
8 computer posts are available for people doing training programs for employment.
You can use the headphones that are available and you can also bring your USB key with you as each post is equipped with a USB port. There are large(-ish) screens (for better visibility) and document suites for all your bureaucratic needs as well as image modification programs.
There are printers available in color or black and white plus a photocopier and scanner that supports PDF and JPG as well as color.
There are “modules” of initiation to the Internet that you can sign up for. Or even themed learning sessions. You can even learn how to create a blog. There are also training sessions on how to use interactive sites and programs such as Facebook as well as how to use a webcam to communicate with others. These are all free. And VERY basic. (One such session teaches you how to save documents to a USB key). But hey, if you have never done that before, it can be useful to know!
Co-working spaces are also available for artisans, small companies, associations and the like, all you have to do is reserve by phone. There is enough space for 8 people, a white board, a large table and the possibility to print or project documents.
Ok, so most you of readers may snicker a bit at some of the help they provide, but perhaps you know someone who needs a little training (like a grandparent) or a student who doesn’t have a personal computer and needs to access one for school work and research. Or maybe you are here on vacation and don’t have a computer with you, and need to access one for emergency purposes or even just for practical use! This place could come in handy.
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62 rue de Bretagne 75003
Monday to Friday 10am – 9pm
Tel : 01.53.01.85.60
@ : epn3@espacepubliquenumérique.fr