Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Public Help Cambridgeshire Library Service Join The IT Crowd

Bar Hill Library

In the New Year residents will start to benefit from free Wi-Fi in Cambridgeshire Libraries and updated public computers, to help them seek jobs, access services and stay in touch.

Earlier this year, customers were asked for their views on the current IT provision in their local library. Coupled with feedback often received by staff in libraries, it was clear that the public felt the computers could be improved to make it easier for them to access web based services.

A free Wi-Fi network will be installed in phases across Cambridgeshire Libraries, whilst public computers will be upgraded to enable a better service that supports modern software.

Cambridgeshire County Council's Cabinet for Learning, Cllr David Harty said "Our library computers are regularly used for a wide range of things from job hunting, to resources for homework and to keeping in touch with friends and family. We've known for some time that the majority of them needed upgrading and Wi-Fi is regularly requested. We're now making this investment as part of plans to create a 21st Century Library Service.

"This in turn helps to support the Governments Digital by Default initiative - by helping to provide internet access to those who may not have it at home, or who feel unsure how to use it."

Local Parish Councillor Andy Pellew said "It's vitally important that upgrades to the service like this aren't seen as one-offs, in order to ensure that Government services which are increasingly available on-line can be accessed by everyone it's vital that local libraries are kept up to date. I welcome this investment in our communities and specifically in Bar Hill".