LIBRARIES in Blackburn with Darwen are all getting free access to wireless internet — for all visitors.

The cash for the move has been funded by the government’s Wi-Fi In Public Libraries grant managed by Arts Council England.


From February, visitors will be able to log in with their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Users will be able to use the free service to get online and access library services, information sites and online job and training websites, as well as access social-networking sites.

With many council services online, it gives people access to functions such as paying council tax.

Borough libraries boss Damian Talbot said: “We know our residents value our library service, as it is used by thousands of people every week.

“We are constantly looking at new ways to improve the service for users and this is a fantastic addition to what we already offer.

“Visitors will now be able to use their own devices to access the free Wi-Fi and this will hopefully increase the number of people who use our digital services.”

Arts council chief executive Darren Henley said: “I am so pleased our important fund is enabling libraries across England to offer more vital services to their users.”