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Use libraries to access wifi

Monday, 9 February 2015

Although the Hebden Bridge Library has had wireless access for some time, visitors to most libraries and leisure centres in Calderdale will soon be able access their laptops, phones and tablets wirelessly, as free Wi-Fi is being introduced in a number of Council buildings across the borough.

Wi-Fi connectivity is already availablein Halifax Central Library, Todmorden Library, King Cross Library, Hebden Bridge Library and North Bridge Leisure Centre, and customers are enjoying the flexibility and ease of being able to access services on their own devices.

More buildings will have Wi-Fi installed by spring this year, including Sowerby Bridge, Elland and Brighouse Libraries and Halifax, Brighouse, Todmorden and Sowerby Bridge Leisure Centres.

By installing Wi-Fi, visitors to Calderdale libraries can access a wealth on information, not only through the vast array of books and library computers, but now also on their own tablets, laptops and smart phones.

Staff can also support visitors to help access the full range of library facilities. For instance, if you have an eBook reader, library staff can help you access the new eBook service, where you can browse and download from a choice of over 400 free eBook titles.

At gyms and pools, visitors can use the Wi-Fi to access podcasts or stream media while exercising, to book classes and check times or to just relax after a workout and catch up on social media.

Calderdale Council's Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Marcus Thompson, said, "Libraries offer more than just books, CDs and DVDs. They have become the gateway to a whole range of materials for both education and enjoyment. Having the flexibility of Wi-Fi means that customers can find what they need quickly and easily without necessarily having to use the fixed computers in place in the library.

"Increased connectivity will be a welcome addition to the great facilities already on offer in our libraries and sports centres and will open up a world of opportunities, allowing visitors to access more resources, information and support."