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Libraries in Barnsley are set to offer free wi-fi for local people after the borough was chosen as one of 68 organisations across the country to receive grant funding from Arts Council England.

Barnsley’s libraries received a £54,000 slice of the £2,646,078 on offer from Arts Council England. As a result all main libraries will provide free wi-fi for library users allowing people to access the internet with their own device.

The wi-fi will be installed in all main libraries across the borough by 31 March 2016 with the first install taking place in January next year. Once installed, people will be encouraged to visit their local library to get online where they can also access a variety of council services.

Wi-fi is already available at Central, Goldthorpe and Priory libraries, to access council services online visit www.barnsley.gov.uk.