04/02/2021 - Permalink

Shropshire Libraries provide emergency access to library computers

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People who need access to the Internet for emergency purposes can now use computer facilities in a number of libraries across the county.

The access is being offered in the larger libraries only, where spaces can be managed safely with COVID-19-secure measures in place.

The libraries are Bridgnorth, Church Stretton, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry and Shrewsbury. Sessions must be booked in advance by contacting the relevant library.

An emergency will be something that can only be done online and needs to be done urgently, cannot be done by another agency, and with consequences that could be otherwise be detrimental to a person’s health, wellbeing or personal circumstances.

Use of the library computers must be pre-booked and are limited to 45 minutes. You can book a computer by contacting the relevant library.

Michael Lewis, Shropshire Council’s library service manager said:

“While online networks have been the saving grace for many of us under lockdown, they are not in reach for everyone. We know that nationally five million adults do not have access to the Internet and many more only have a smartphone, not a computer. The access libraries can provide will be for emergency situations where the lack of appropriate computing facilities could cause significant detriment to a person’s circumstances.”

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

“The safety of staff and customers remains the highest priority, which is why we are limiting this IT access to libraries that have appropriate space and adequate ventilation. Please also be aware that none of our libraries are currently open for browsing, although the Ready Reads click & collect service remains available at most branches”.

Up to date details for all library services can be found on the Shropshire Council website.