Libraries will be well connected
County council secures funding for Wi-Fi project
Bucks County Council is one of 68 local authorities across England to receive £49,428 of funding from the Arts Council to improve Wi-Fi at in libraries across the UK.
The Arts Council is investing £2.6m in the project, which enable more than 1,000 libraries to either provide Wi-Fi for the first time, or to upgrade their current provision to make it faster and more accessible.
The project was set up following an independent report on libraries and their use and is being delivered on behalf of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
It is hoped that the funding will help libraries to extend their services, leading to growth in people’s digital skills and enabling the development of new partnerships that will benefit local residents and citizens.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey said: “I am delighted that this fund will enable over 1,000 libraries to either provide Wi-Fi for the first time or to upgrade their current service.
“It is a vital step to ensuring that all public libraries can provide Wi-Fi access to their communities.
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.
“This is a significant milestone in the on-going work of the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce to help libraries grow and modernise.”