FREE WIFI: Counsellor George Seymour and Hervey Bay Library's Mark Shelton help Nychelle log on to the free wifi at Hervey Bay Library.
FREE WIFI: Counsellor George Seymour and Hervey Bay Library's Mark Shelton help Nychelle log on to the free wifi at Hervey Bay Library. Emily Black

Hervey Bay sets the standard for Fraser Coast libraries

HERVEY Bay Library is setting the standard to provide free wifi to library goers, as Fraser Coast Regional Council announces upgrades to the region's library online services.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Community, Heritage and Family Services Portfolio Councillor George Seymour said library visitors would soon have easier access to online services thanks to a State Library of Queensland grant of $25,000.

"Council will use the funds from the Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant to buy equipment to improve wifi access at library branches in Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Howard, Burrum Heads and Tiaro,” Cr Seymour said.

"The grant will help us bridge the digital divide and provide the best possible online access services and facilities for all residents of the Fraser Coast region.”

Cr Seymour said the free wifi systems at the region's libraries would be modelled off the Hervey Bay library branch and would also include an update to equipment used in computer classes and increase local history data storage.

"It's more about opening up wifi at all the other libraries, there will be free wi-fi at Howard, Burrum Heads and Tiaro,” Cr Seymour said.

"They will have a similar set up to what we have here, so there will be vouchers and they'll all be free.

"People can pick from one, two, four and eight hour vouchers.

"People can bring in their own smart phone, tablet or computer and connect to the wifi.”

Cr Seymour said the free wifi and public computers helped the community with many things, including those who needed to complete a resume or to simply keep in contact with family and the grant would help provide more computer classes for senior citizens.

"The libraries also provide free wifi, eResources, introductory and advanced digital literacy classes, community events and programs for all ages and interests across the Fraser Coast.”

For more information on activities available at Fraser Coast libraries visit frasercoast.qld.gov.au/libraries.



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