Free WI-FI at Bromham Library

 

BROMHAM LIBRARY JOINS 100 LIBRARIES AND COMMUNITY CENTRES NATION-WIDE TO PROVIDE FREE WI-FI ACCESS!

 

Increasing digital inclusion as part of a new BT and Barclays’ initiative

 

Bedford Borough Libraries are proud to announce their inclusion in a new BT and Barclays initiative to bring free Wi-Fi and hands-on digital support to the community of Bromham! From today onwards, free Wi-Fi is live and can be accessed by visitors in Bromham Library, which is one of just 100 UK centres taking part in the initiative!

 

Bromham Library is a valued learning and meeting space for the local community. Providing free internet access, combined with expert support, will allow local residents to benefit from being able to work, learn and enjoy being online. BT has supported the set-up of free Wi-Fi connectivity while Barclays Digital Eagles, specially trained members of Barclays’ staff, will provide free technology advice to help local people build confidence and develop the skills they need to succeed in the digital world.

 

In the UK, some 12 per cent of the adult population have never been online and this increases to 61 per cent for those over 75 years old. With so many opportunities ranging from education, interacting with friends, job opportunities and access to government and health services all available online, it has never been more important for members of our community to start their digital journey.

 

Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said “We are delighted that Bromham Library is becoming an even more attractive location via the addition of free Wi-Fi for visitors.  The free Wi-Fi will be provided in a collaborative and supportive environment, with help at hand for anyone who wants to learn more about, for example, accessing Council services online, sending emails or navigating the Internet in general.”

Anna Easton, BT’s Sustainable Business Director commented: “At BT, we believe in the power of communications to make a better world. We want to ensure that everyone can not only access the digital world, but can also have the skills and support they need to stay online in the long term.

 

“Feedback from our existing digital inclusion programmes shows that for the elderly and unemployed, both access and long term support in the community is essential. This new partnership with Barclays will ensure that support is available for those that need it the most.”

 

Steven Roberts, Strategic Transformation Director at Barclays, says:

“Across the country, people are experiencing the digital revolution, but like all revolutions, it’s not one that happens to all people at once. Some will adopt digital skills quickly, others will take more time.

 

“At Barclays, we firmly believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that no one is left behind on the digital journey and through this significant partnership with BT, we can ensure that even more people have access to the services and support they need to embrace the digital revolution.”

 

BT and Barclays have both committed to support the implementation of the Government’s Digital Inclusion strategy which aims to reduce the number of people offline in the UK by 25 per cent by 2016. Find out more about the Government Digital Strategy and the UK Digital Inclusion Charter.

 

Free Wi-Fi is now available at Bromham Library. Please call Bromham Library on 01234 824391 for further information.

 

Wi-Fi is also available at Bedford Central Library, Kempston Library, and Putnoe Library, and internet access is available at all libraries in Bedford Borough. For more information about your local library please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/libraries

 

For further information please visit: http://www.wifiinourcommunity.bt.com

 

For further information please contact:

Lydia Santis, Corporate Communications, Bedford Borough Council            

Tel: 01234 276 084