Free wi-fi on offer across all City libraries

Library users will be able to browse the web and download e-books to their own mobile devices for free as part of a wi-fi roll-out across all of Edinburgh’s libraries.

Wireless internet has been installed in the capital’s 28 public libraries, meaning visitors can bring laptops, smartphones and tablets to use the services on offer.

Free wi-fi, which will be available from Monday 9 December, will make internet access easier for members of the public, who can now choose between using library computers and their own devices.

As well as browsing the web from the comfort of their local library hub, members can use wi-fi to connect to a wide selection of online library services including language learning and driving theory test practise, or download an ebook to read or listen to on their smartphone or tablet.

Each month around 8500 e-books and e-magazines are downloaded from Edinburgh City Libraries' increasingly popular selection of titles.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s Culture and Sport Convener, said: “Our libraries play a vital role in communities across the city and we are committed to taking the service forward into the 21st Century. With over 3 million visitors to our libraries last year, the service is going from strength to strength and by offering free wi-fi we are adapting to user demand but also improving access to the extensive catalogue of services on offer.”

Find out more about what’s on offer from your local library here.

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