Dear Sir or Madam,
Please could you give me a list of all the libraries in the UK with free public wi-fi?
I would like their postcodes and if possible, their opening hours.
This list will be published on the WhatDoTheyKnow website and can then be used to help people looking for free wi-fi in their area.
I believe the MLA helped fund free wi-fi in public libraries via the People's Network, so I hope you have this information.
Thank you very much for your help.
Thank you for your freedom of information request regarding libraries
with wi-fi. Please accept this e-mail as acknowledgement of safe
Head of Planning and Contracting
Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
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Dear Anna Smith,
Thanks for your email regarding WiFi in public libraries.
MLA worked with the (then) Department for Trade and Industry in 2004 to
fund ten pilot WiFi 'hotspots' in rural libraries. Those ten sites were:
* Ayton Library (North Yorkshire)
* Barnard Castle Library (County Durham)
* Belper Library (Derbyshire)
* Brewood Library (Staffordshire)
* Chatburn Library (Lancashire)
* Launceston Library (Cornwall)
* Lyndhurst Library (Hampshire)
* Potton Library (Bedfordshire)
* Princetown Library (Devon)
* Sandwich Library (Kent)
Since 2004, many more library authorities have installed WiFi
facilities, but this happens on a local basis independently of MLA. MLA
does not hold a central database of public libraries that provide WiFi.
The best way to find out if a library authority offers WiFi at any of
its libraries is to visit their web site. This is also the best way to
find out about their opening hours.
MLA also managed the rollout of the People's Network in England ending
in 2002 which installed internet facilities in all public libraries, but
this did not include any WiFi provision.
Very best wishes,
Project Manager - Libraries
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)
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