Libraries reopen today to give people access to computers

Partick Library
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Partick Library is reopening to allow the public free access to computers and the internet.

The library on Dumbarton Road is one of 10 in the city opening today (Tuesday).

Revised Scottish Government guidance allows the city’s public libraries to open to provide free computer access only.

A free, pre-booked appointment is required to use the computers. 

Customers wishing to book PC access can do so either by calling or visiting one of the 10 libraries during opening hours. 

All PC sessions are limited to 60 minutes, to cope with expected demand.

Dr Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive of Glasgow Life, said: “While computers and internet access are an essential part of daily life, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we know that lack of access and understanding of technology continues to create huge divides across our city.

“Throughout the pandemic, Glasgow Life has been supporting people to access technology in their own homes, providing free-phone support on a range of digital applications from Zoom calls to email, as well as offering help and advice to Universal Credit claimants.

“However, we know that not everyone in the city has access to computers and the internet at home, and that’s why we are opening up 10 of our city’s libraries to enable the people of Glasgow to access vital online services safely.”

Prior to lockdown, many people across Glasgow relied on the free computer and internet access at the city’s libraries. 

In 2017, the Scottish Government estimated that over a third of households in lower income brackets in Scotland had no internet access at home. 

Across Scotland, research conducted by Inspiring Scotland concluded that around 800,000 people are estimated to face digital inequality across the country.

Partick Library
Partick Library

The other libraries opening are: Gorbals, Ibrox, Pollokshaws, Bridgeton, Library at the Bridge (Easterhouse), Royston, Shettleston, Drumchapel, and Possilpark.

All 10 libraries will be open from 2pm – 7pm on Tuesdays, 11am – 4pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, 11am – 7pm on Thursdays and 10am – 2pm on Saturdays. 

‘While computers and internet access are an essential part of daily life, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we know that lack of access and understanding of technology continues to create huge divides across our city’

Bridget McConnell

They will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The libraries will be open for free computer access only. Customers will be unable to borrow books, or retrieve reserved items. 

All overdue library fines will be waived until 1 October 2021.

A further announcement on the re-opening of Glasgow Life venues will be made soon.


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