North Yorkshire libraries are encouraging everybody in education to make use of the Eduroam service which is now available on its 300 computers.
Eduroam is an online roaming service for students, staff and researchers from organisations signed-up to the service, allowing them to access educational resources.
Eduroam has also been rolled out as part of the County Council’s introduction of free public Wi-Fi across 16 of the county’s market towns to support recovery and growth for communities and businesses. It is also available at a number of children’s centres and other council buildings.
“We are pleased to be able to deliver this free service across our libraries to provide what is a vital resource for many people in education,” said County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries.
“It’s already proved very popular in the town centre Wi-Fi roll-out, as figures show that around 40 per cent of the use of the free Wi-Fi is for educational purposes. This allows students to reduce the use of their paid-for packages, which are often pay as you go, as they continue their education.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to make use of the service and I hope the access to Eduroam entices new customers into our libraries.”
From the start of September North Yorkshire libraries extended the length of free computer sessions from half an hour to an hour a day. Anyone who needs additional time can pay a small fee or choose from a range of subscriptions to have a longer session.
The library service is reassuring visitors that although coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed, its buildings are a safe place to be and they can return with confidence. Library staff and volunteers are continuing to wear face masks and customers are encouraged to do the same. Hand sanitiser stations are still in use and track and trace is available.