Hounslow Libraries Become Digital Learning Hubs

Hounslow celebrates Libraries Week 2021 by helping more residents get online.

Published: Friday, 8th October 2021

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Tackling digital exclusion has been Hounslow Council’s focus during National Libraries Week.

All libraries have joined forces with the Good Things Foundation to become centres of learning for the Learn My Way Programme.

The new programme will utilise the newly upgraded public computer network, by giving residents access to a variety of free courses from absolute beginner introductions, right through to how to be secure online when carrying out tasks such as shopping and banking. Find out more about the courses.  

Through the Creative People and Places (CPP) network, the Council is also developing regular arts-based activities and events in libraries. CPP Visual Arts Exhibitions are running in Beavers, Hanworth, Feltham, Bedfont and Cranford Libraries.

The annual National Libraries Week is a good way to showcase and celebrate the best that libraries have to offer.

This year, residents are invited to discover how local libraries are ‘taking action, changing lives’ after the significant role that libraries have played over the last 18 months keeping the community connected, empowered and safe.

Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said: "Libraries Week is a fantastic time for us to celebrate and spotlight our superb libraries and staff who work very hard.

“Libraries are at the heart of our communities and are hubs of knowledge and support for residents; from offering the latest range of books, computers and Council services, to transforming into Covid testing sites at the height of the pandemic.

“The pandemic demonstrated how much residents cherish our libraries and we have been able to continue adapting and improving to provide even better services and facilities for residents to enjoy.

“This includes the roll-out of 150 new computers across the borough, new digital skills courses and a major upgrade to Brentford Library, recently.”

To ensure all visitors remain safe, hand sanitisation stations will be in place throughout buildings, public computer capacity has been reduced to allow for customers to socially distance, and there will be no newspapers or magazines available. Customers are encouraged to continue wearing a face covering

Residents can gain access to the Hounslow Library Service from the comfort of their home as the selection of e-books and e-magazines continues to expand.

The e-selection saw a huge increase in popularity among residents during the pandemic and will continue to be available online by visiting our website.

To view all library opening times or browse the full catalogue visit: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/libraries

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