Library users throughout Bromley will soon be able to take advantage of free Wi-Fi within council libraries. This will open up the internet to more users and make it easily accessible to everyone.
Six of the main council libraries are currently able to offer free Wi-Fi to users. These are Bromley Central, Mottingham, St Paul’s Cray, Biggin Hill, Penge and Orpington. This latest development will see Wi-Fi now provided at the four neighbourhood libraries at West Wickham, Beckenham, Petts Wood and Chislehurst. There will also be Wi-Fi installed at four community libraries in Hayes, Burnt Ash, Southborough and Shortlands. The installation project in these additional eight libraries is expected to be finished by March 2016.
The funding for the project was achieved through an Arts Council application. The Council detailed plans in the summer for a £7.1 million fund to help local councils install Wi-Fi services within libraries. The funding will enable libraries to provide services that local users need now and in the future, which will reduce the amount of digital exclusion.
Bromley Library Service is increasing its online presence. Users are now able to download eMagazines and eBooks for free. With the help of their new app, users can renew books and search for titles wherever they are.
Do you think free Wi-Fi within our libraries will be of benefit to the local community? How easy have you found it to access the internet at Bromley libraries?
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