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Libraries joining push to help people get online

Public computers now available for use again at main sites

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The county council's 16 main libraries are now once again offering access to public computers as a national 'Get Online' awareness week gets into full swing until 25th October.

In line with government guidelines, library members are able to book a one-hour slot at a workstation, which also allows for cleaning of the equipment in between its use.

There will be a reduced number of PCs available at each library so that social distancing can be strictly adhered to, with only one person allowed to use the computer in the hourly slot, but the council says it is important to get the service up and running again.
 

We're aware of figures which show around 4.1 million people across the UK are not online at home. 

Right now, it’s more important than ever for everyone to feel confident around using technology in order to stay connected, so I’m delighted that we are now able to again offer PC usage in our libraries.

Our staff have also lined up a fantastic programme of digital events to mark 'Get Online Week' and help residents to get more out of life when they are online

The libraries are running digital sessions via social media, including how to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks, how to trace a family tree online and how to write a personal statement for a job application.  

The sessions will be showcased on Facebook throughout the week and remain available for residents to watch in the future. 

You can follow Leicestershire libraries on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yourlibrary 

To book your slot to use a computer at the library, visit:

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/book-a-computer 

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