Say hi to wi-fi in all county li­braries thanks to grant

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE can now en­joy free Wi-Fi in all Buck­ing­hamshire li­braries thanks to an Arts Coun­cil Eng­land grant of nearly £50,000.

The lat­est sites to have Wi-Fi newly in­stalled were com­mu­nity li­braries at West Wy­combe and Castle­field in High Wy­combe, while most other li­braries had their life-ex­pired Wi-Fi up­dated.

Now any­one can bring in their lap­tops, tablets or smart­phones, regis­ter on­line, and get 24 hours of free Wi-Fi.

Free Wi-fi in li­braries is part of Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s drive to en­cour­age res­i­dents to do busi­ness with the coun­cil on­line.

The grant is one of 68 to lo­cal coun­cils from an Arts Coun­cil fund sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment of li­brary ser­vices that are fit for pur­pose now and into the fu­ture, which in­cludes tack­ling dig­i­tal ex­clu­sion.

Bucks County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and pub­lic health Martin Phillips said: “So much of ev­ery­day life is now on­line, and we wanted to make it eas­ier for res­i­dents to get ac­cess to the in­ter­net. Thanks to the Arts Coun­cil grant, we’ve been able to equip ev­ery li­brary.”

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