Libraries set to receive £2.6 million to provide free Wi-Fi

According to Arts Council England, libraries have been promised £2.6 million in funding in a bid to provide better Wi-Fi to users.

The Arts Councils announced that a total of 68 local authorities will receive £2,646,078 to provide and enhance free Wi-Fi to library users in over 1,000 libraries. The programme is part of a plan to certify that over 98 per cent of public libraries have easily accessible Wi-Fi by March 2016.

Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, described the initiative as ‘a vital step to ensuring that all public libraries can provide Wi-Fi access to their communities'.

He said: “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.”

The increased funding will enable libraries to extend their services and tackle digital exclusion by making it easier for people to develop their digital skills.  

The funding scheme is part of the Arts Cuoncil’s Wi-Fi in Public Libraries in England fund, which is being delivered on behalf of the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

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