Friday, 26 September 2014
South Ayrshire Council announces another first for Carnegie Library
You can now get wired in for free at South Ayrshire Council’s Carnegie Library in Ayr, where for the first time free Wi-Fi connection is available to all library members.
£20,000 of joint funding was provided by SLIC (Scottish Libraries and Information Council) and the Scottish Government to enable a Wi-Fi service to be provided in Carnegie library. The installation was managed by the library team who worked with IT colleagues, Boston Networks and Lorensbergs to bring the project to fruition.
[Pictured: (left to right) Councillor Bill Grant, Jean Inness, Libraries Co-ordinator, Julie Foster Boston Networks and Michelle Jefford ICT Librarian pictured at the launch.]
Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “South Ayrshire Council library members can now use wireless enabled laptop or mobile devices within the Carnegie Library in Ayr.
“Our libraries are evolving all the time, continually changing to meet the modern needs. Installing Wi-Fi will improve the service for our existing library members and I am sure encourage more people to use the facilities at Carnegie library in Ayr. We currently have over 22,000 members who enjoy all the library facilities.”
Library users can access the Wi-Fi in Carnegie library from their web browser which will automatically direct them to the Wi-Fi log in screen then all they have to do is enter their membership number and your PIN code. Library members can access the system for two hours and visitors for one hour each day. The Wi-Fi system is safe to use as it has the same filter system on it as all Council computers.
Amina Shah, Chief Executive of SLIC (Scottish Library and Information Council) said: “Introducing free Wi-Fi into South Ayrshire Council’s Carnegie Library means that more people can access harness modern technology while having easy access to other facilities in the library. This is another great example of how libraries meet the needs of the people.”
Councillor Bill Grant added: “We will continue to work to ensure that our libraries remain an outstanding example of how to embrace modern technology and changing ways of consuming information and literature. We led the way with introducing ebooks, and they have been a resounding success.”
To find out more about this and the wide range of other library facilities available in branches, online and in many other ways log on to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/libraries
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