Free WiFi in libraries in Hull and East Riding

Published: Tuesday 27th October 2015 by KCFM

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Both councils have received tens of thousands of pounds to install the service in its libraries.

East Riding Council has received £60,841 and Hull City Council £23,270 from Arts Council England.

It is hoped the internet will be accessible by the end of March 2016.

Councillor Richard Burton, East Riding Council’s Portfolio Holder for Civic Wellbeing and Culture, says: “It will allow significant improvements to the service that our libraries can provide, and help many more people to enjoy the benefits of being online in this increasingly digital age.”

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Hull City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure, says: “Access to the internet is becoming increasingly important and providing this access within our libraries ensures on-hand support for residents less confident using digital technology.

“We hope that this investment will encourage people of all ages to make use of their local libraries and to get the most of free internet access, whether for business, social or recreational use.”

The funding will enable over 1,000 libraries nationally to either provide WiFi for the first time, or to upgrade their current provision to make it faster and more easily accessible.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey says: “It is a vital step to ensuring that all public libraries can provide WiFi access to their communities.

“As more services become available online, this will increasingly make libraries the place to go for people who don’t have the access or the confidence to use digital services.

“Libraries are already supporting a wide range of online services, from applying for jobs to local information.”

KCFM

Published: Tuesday 27th October 2015 by KCFM

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  • Kevin Marshall

    This is great news ! Now all we need is a library that is actually OPEN.

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