Bolton Council News

Bolton’s libraries are all going wireless – thanks to a funding boost from Arts Council England.

The council has successfully bid for almost £20,000 to install free Wifi or upgrade existing provision in the borough’s libraries.

The grant will enable library users to use their own wireless equipment in their local branch, take part in more interactive activities and browse the extensive e-book collection.

Currently, only Central Library and High Street Library have Wifi facilities so the money will be used to install free Wifi in the other eight  community libraries across the borough*.

Central Library will benefit from an upgrade.

It is expected that all installations will be fully digital by March 2016.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “Libraries have had to adapt with the times and this funding will enable us to keep up to date with modern technology and provide opportunities for people to get online.

“We have computers for public use but more and more people want to learn using their own tablets, laptops and smartphones. There are plenty of digital activities and events that our visitors will be able to participate in due to their local library having free Wifi, and our library colleagues will be able to demonstrate our range of e-books more easily.”

The funding is part of a national scheme by Arts Council England which will see around 98 per cent of libraries throughout the UK providing good quality, free Wifi at a total cost of £2.6M.

Source- Bolton Council