MODERNISING: Libraries across Surrey will provide free wi-fi
FREE wi-fi will soon be available in libraries across Surrey after the county council was chosen as one of 68 organisations across the country to receive grant funding from the Arts Council.
As a result, more than 1,000 libraries in Surrey will have free wi-fi. Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, said: “It’s brilliant that over 98 per cent of public libraries in England will be providing access to free, good quality wi-fi by March 2016.
“I’m so pleased that this important fund is enabling libraries across England to offer more vital services to their users and encourage more people to use and enjoy their local libraries.”
The Arts Council provided the £36,243 grant on behalf of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, with the aim of updating and improving libraries across the county.
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 service. It is a vital step to ensuring that all public libraries can provide wi-fi 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.”