Libraries get £30,000 of new computersBy Hugh Fort
August 29, 2012
Internet users in Bracknell Forest’s libraries can get up to speed with their research after a £30,000 project to replace the computers.
Library users will also benefit from a major refurbishment of the town’s main library which is due to start next month.
The project to upgrade the computers at the borough’s nine libraries finished last month and now users can benefit from a much faster connection and better software.
Bracknell Forest Council has carried out the work in two stages and now all the libraries have top-of-the-range computers.
Bracknell Library in Town Square was the first to receive the new PCs and the project finished with the installation of the desktops at Crowthorne Library in High Street.
Fiona Atkinson, the council’s community services manager, said: “I’m not sure how old the computers were, but they needed replacing as they were running quite slowly.
“Now we have much newer models which enable people to do much more.”
The new models run off Windows 7 and have the latest versions of Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox for users.
The broadband connection has also been upgraded for much faster access.
Fiona added that the latest software would be added every six months to keep them up-to-date. She also revealed a £500,000 refurbishment of Bracknell Library is due to start on Monday, September 3.
The plans will convert the library’s dormant basement area into a room with coffee facilities and a laptop area. Two new lifts and a staircase will also be installed as the library expands.
While the work is going on the library will remain open and there will be a short period of time where the operation has to move into the top floor of the library.
Councillor Paul Bettison, leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said: “We take providing online access to our residents very seriously.
“The technology is moving so fast that computers will need replacing regularly to keep up with demand. The problem is the software taking up so much of the memory.”