Banbury library to help introduce people to the internet

Neithrop Library in Banbury is part of a national project to help people get on the internet.
Neithrop Library in Banbury is part of a national project to help people get on the internet.

Neithrop Library in Banbury is part of a major national project delivering free sessions to help introduce people who have never been online to the world of the internet.

The Oxfordshire County Council-run library in Woodgreen Avenue is part of an initiative being run by BT Digital Friends and Barclays Digital Eagles, and the first session will be on November 13 from 10am uuntil noon.

More sessions are being held on November 23 from 2pm-4pm and December 11 from 10am until noon. Other sessions have been scheduled for next year.

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for cultural and community services, said: “At Oxfordshire County Council we have an ambition to see all 43 of our libraries to become the front door to our services in communities.

“The digital world moves at great pace and libraries will be a big part of that. This initiative at Neithrop reaches out to people who have yet to fully connect to the digital age. We are grateful for the support of BT and Barclays and I am sure people in the area of Banbury that the library supports will benefit a great deal.

“This is certainly something that we’d like to see happen in other areas of Oxfordshire in future times – especially given our recent success in winning grant funding from Arts Council England to have wi-fi installed in all of our Oxfordshire libraries.”

“I do hope the sessions will be well attended at Neithrop.”

Neithrop Library is one of the 15 Oxfordshire libraries that already has free wi-fi. It was at installed Neithrop by BT as part of the current national initiative.

The county council had been awarded £86,000 by Arts Council England to have wi-fi installed at the 28 libraries in the county that do not currently have it. This will happen during Spring 2016.

Steven Roberts, transformation director at Barclays, said: “Across the country people are experiencing a 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 believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that no one is left behind on the digital journey.”