Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Libraries and Tourism Committee Chairperson Cr David Pahlke and library member Helaman Samuela check out the different ways the wi-fi service can be accessed at the Ipswich library branch.
Library members can now access the internet, e-books, audio books and other library resources through a new free wi-fi network at the main Ipswich library.
Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said access to the free wi-fi connection would be available during opening hours at Ipswich branch.
Cr Pahlke said council was committed to providing residents with new ways to access old favourites and funded the project through Ipswich City Council’s 2011-2012 Budget.
“The addition of the new wi-fi service at the Ipswich branch means even more members will have greater access to a larger range of resources.
“The network can be accessed through any wi-fi capable device and members only need to know their membership number and pin to use the free service.
“Having access to the internet is considered essential in the 21st century as it enables people to undertake a variety of tasks from everyday banking to educational study.”
Cr Pahlke said computer and internet access was already offered free to members of the city’s library branches at Ipswich, Redbank Plaza, Redbank Plains and the mobile library van.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the new wi-fi access for library members proved how “switched on” the city was.
“The future of Ipswich’s economy is based on education, technology and aerospace,” Cr Pisasale said.
“Ipswich has been recognised for the past two years as a technology hub, earning a spot in the Smart 21 finalists, the search by the Intelligent Community Forum to find the world’s most technologically advanced cities.”