Grant Boosts Eastbourne Library Computers

Sunday 11th December 2016

 

We’re being offered a helping hand to get find work in Eastbourne.

A grant of £477,000 is being used to upgrade library computers in the town. New computer terminals have been installed at all 24 libraries in East Sussex in a nine-month scheme to improve the County Council’s network of free-to-access PCs.

The network allows people to access the internet, use email and carry out tasks such as searching for and applying for jobs, printing CVs and job applications and looking up a wide range of information on subjects from family history to healthcare and benefits.

Cllr Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council lead member for community services, said, “It’s vital that our libraries adapt to meet the changing needs of the people of East Sussex.

“The network allows everyone to have access to the internet and to a computer – something that is essential in the modern age.

“The IT For You scheme is an example of how this significant investment in creating a modern library service is helping people to help themselves – to improve their skills and their job prospects.”

People can use library computers to access the internet for free, and also benefit from free access to subscription websites such as the Encyclopaedia Britannica and Ancestry.

Library users can also use the latest versions of popular programs to create and edit Word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, newsletters, photographs and graphics.

IT For You courses run on Fridays at Eastbourne at 10.30am. People can book a place by calling 01323 463759, emailing phil.lanham@eastsussex.gov.uk or popping into a participating library during the session.

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