Libraries awarded £178,000 to help get residents online

West Sussex was one of only 30 library services in the country to win their bid for the funding.


Release date: 24 March 2017

Libraries have been granted £178,000 to fund innovative new projects to help residents use technology.

The grant from Arts Council England was announced last week and will pay for equipment including tablets and laptops.

Library staff will use this new technology to introduce residents to digital reading and eLibrary services.

One aim of the project is to combat the loneliness experienced by one in four older people in the county.

Staff will be able to demonstrate how online services, like social media, can reduce feelings of isolation.

Lesley Sim, who leads the Library Service at West Sussex County Council, said: “We are delighted that our bid has been successful.

“This is an incredibly exciting, innovative project which will make a real difference to peoples’ lives.

“I would like to express my thanks to the Arts Council England for the opportunity and we look forward to getting started.”

The service will also offer help to jobseekers by introducing them to online job searching and assist people with disabilities by supporting them to use specialist apps that can help with everyday communication.

West Sussex was one of only 30 library services in the country to win its bid for the funding.

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