The Scottish Library and Information Council was awarded £300,000 of Scottish Government funding in 2014 to increase free WiFi access in Scotland’s public libraries.
The funding was linked to the Government’s ‘Let’s Get Online’ campaign which encourages more people to learn basic internet skills and use the web.
WiFi funding was allocated using the existing Public Library Improvement Fund framework of competitive bids. A total of 15 library services throughout Scotland were successful, resulting in the introduction or extension of WiFi in over 130 libraries.
As a result, more library users are now provided with alternative and flexible ways to access online resources. Library services themselves have also been able to develop and encourage further digital participation.
It takes a comprehensive look at the project management and final outcomes of the initiative, taking a look at various different elements, including:
- Developments throughout the project lifespan
- Recommendations on best practice in WiFi procurement and best practice
- Evaluating the overall impact of funding
The report concludes that a high quality WiFi infrastructure is essential in helping staff deliver a valuable and relevant library service.