Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, County Councillor Peter Buckley, has welcomed an upgrade to library computers and equipment.
At the county council’s cabinet meeting held last week (Thursday 7 March), the decision to install new free-to- access computers in every Lancashire library was approved.
The approval means that 584 public access computers will be installed to replace the current equipment.
The upgrade will ensure libraries can cater for changes in the way visitors are using the computer network.
At the meeting, the cabinet also agreed to:
• Improve the public WiFi and to increase broadband speeds to cope with the increasing levels of use
• Improve the printers so that members of the public will be able to print to a range of low-cost network printers at all libraries as well as enabling customers to use their own devices to print using the public Wi-Fi
• Replace 50 self-service units that are used to issue and return books.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, said: “It is vital that our libraries adapt to meet the demands and needs of how people want to use them.
“An increasing number of customers are using library computers or bringing their own devices to use our libraries as a work space. We welcome this developing trend but we need to make sure that the computer equipment is up-to-date with fast internet connectivity and good WiFi availability.
“The county council’s library network enables everyone to have free access to a computer and the internet – something that is essential in the modern age. When the new computers and printers are installed, we hope that even more people will visit and use our much valued libraries.”
Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.
For more information, phone 0300 123 6703, or go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries