Public-use computers at Deepings Community Library to be cut from seven to two

  Posted: 21.10.19 at 11:11 by The Editor

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The number of computers for public use at Deepings Community Library is set to be slashed from seven to just two.

The reduction - which will also see the two staff counter computers cut from two to one - will be actioned when Lincolnshire County Council undertakes a revamp of library IT equipment.

Will Mason, Lincolnshire County Council's head of culture, told Deepings Nub News: "The IT in local libraries and community hubs is now out of date and needs to be replaced.

"So we will be making a significant investment in refreshing the equipment at all sites in the county.

"The basic offer for community hubs will be two public-use computers, one for administration, a printer, internet connection and public Wi-Fi.

"However, we realise a small number of busier hubs are used to having more computers than that, so we will be speaking to each site to identify what additional equipment they might require and how this could be funded."

Independent district councillor for Market and West Deeping Coun Ashley Baxter is urging local Conservative county councillors Rosemary Trollope-Bellew and Barry Dobson to lobby for the library's services to be 'improved, rather than further diminished'.

He said: "While the upgrade in IT at Deepings Community Library is welcome, cutting the number of public-use computers is wholly unacceptable.

"It will have a major and detrimental impact on services and customers at Lincolnshire’s busiest community library.

"For many people, computers at the local library are not a luxury but a necessity.

"This includes the most vulnerable in our society including the old, who often need help when engaging with technology and the young, who need quiet and comfortable internet access for homework and revision.

"But it is especially important for those under financial pressures - who sometimes can not afford the ongoing costs of food and fuel, let alone broadband.

"A vibrant library also offers comfort and connection which is also sadly an increasing rarity for elderly and vulnerable people these days."

A form for residents to protest about the reduction in the number of computers is available from the High Street library - which has just won £5,000 from the Persimmon Homes 2019 Building Futures initiative.

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