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Free computers for Rotorua library means free internet

Free computers for Rotorua library means free internet for library users


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Rotorua District Council (RDC) is joining forces with National Library of New Zealand to bring free internet services to all Rotorua Library users.

Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa (APNK) is an initiative developed by the national library in partnership with public libraries to provide free computing equipment and internet access to communities.

RDC chief executive Geoff Williams, Rotorua Library director Jane Gilbert, and library staff signed an official agreement yesterday (14 August) to bring the programme to Rotorua Library.

As part of the initiative the library will be provided with 20 computers at no cost, replacing existing coin-operated computers. Library members and visitors will then be able to use the computers located throughout the library to access the internet free of charge.

Mrs Gilbert said the service is a significant and exciting step forward for the library and for the whole Rotorua community. She acknowledged APNK and the national library for making the opportunity available to public libraries across the country.

“This is quite a moment for us here in Rotorua. It signals a new era for our library services and for public libraries nationally. Libraries are working hard to further their positions as community hubs, and this development moves us closer to that goal.”

Mr Williams commended the Rotorua Library team on its willingness to embrace innovation and their passion to improve service to library patrons.

He said building a ‘connected’ community was a key aim of the district’s Rotorua 2030 Resilient Communities goal.

“Not only will this agreement substantially benefit users of the library, but it is also a prime example of council’s commitment to working collaboratively with our individual services.”

The new computer equipment and improved internet access will be available for public use in six to eight weeks.

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