Village library gets free wi-fi

Thorney Library

Free wi-fi is now available at Thorney library during opening times.

Peterborough City Council has rolled our free internet across all 11 city libraries.

Visitors will be able to connect to the internet via their own tablets, laptops and mobiles, making the libraries an ideal place for quiet work or study.

The technology was funded via an Arts Council grant of £25,000. It builds on the success of Open+, the library access scheme which enables people to enter the buildings during unstaffed hours, saving public money and protecting an important service for local people.

With Open+, which launched in May 2015, library card holders can sign up to use their cards to enter the building during specified hours. The number of people now signed up is 8,500, which equates to around half of the libraries’ members.

Lisa Roberts, Strategic Client Manager, Culture & Leisure at Peterborough City Council said: “The new Open+ technology has been really well received by our library users, and we’re looking to build on that with the wi-fi provision.

“While funding cuts have caused many other councils in the UK to close their libraries, we are finding ways to keep them open for longer and to attract more people to use them. Most people these days prefer to use their own laptops and tablets for their work, study and leisure, so by providing wi-fi, people will be even more keen to spend time at the library. It gives them the option to combine online research and learning with the in-depth insights from our books and other resources.”

Thorney library is staffed on Wednesdays 9am to noon, Fridays 1.30-5pm and Saturdays 2pm to 5.30pm. Open+ operates on Wednesdays noon to 6pm, Friday 9am to 1.30pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm.

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