Monday, 18 May 2015

New library scheme offers 2 hours of free internet access to all

Skip main menuBarrow Library Group has been chosen to pilot a project to give all library customers access to the public library computers free-of-charge for up to 2 hours.
Everyone who would like to use a library computer can do so. There is currently a charge of £2 per hour to use a computer, unless you are over 60, under 19, unemployed, disabled or a student - then a one hour session is free. The new pilot scheme means that everyone will be able to access a computer for free for up to 2 hours a day.

Councillor Ian Stewart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Services, has championed this project. He said “Internet access opens up a whole world of opportunities, enabling more people to access education and training online. Access to the internet literally connects us to the world. “

“Currently only one free hour of computer access is available to some concessionary groups, yet there are many reasons why someone would need to use a computer for longer than one hour, for example job searchers are expected to search for more than one hour per day and may need to visit twice on one day to check emails, and universal credit applications can take up to 2 hours to complete. If the pilot is a success and enough people make use of the free service, then it could be rolled out to other libraries in Cumbria”.

The pilot started on Wednesday 13th May and will run initially for 3 months.  The pilot will run in Barrow-in-Furness Library, Roose Library, Dalton-in-Furness Library, Askam Library and Walney Library. If you would like to use the service, ask a member of the library staff.

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