You can now ditch your memory sticks and CDs and embrace new cloud-based technology when using computers at Blackpool libraries.
Blackpool Council’s library service, which runs Central, Anchorsholme, Boundary, Layton, Mereside, Moor Park, Palatine and Revoe Libraries, have recently taken delivery of more than 100 new Google Chrome-based computers.
The clever new machines are perfect for all the usual tasks that library users carry out, from word processing and producing documents to searching the internet, using email, gaming and much more.
However, the new computers also make storage much easier using cloud-based “virtual” storage systems, removing the need for portable storage systems like memory sticks or CDs.
The key is for members to get themselves a Google account.
This will not only allow library members to print documents but it will also unlock a huge amount of other advantages.
From storing all your documents to completely personalising your web browsing experience, there are a massive range of bonus features.
Confused? Never fear – all libraries will have experts on hand to help and are now running courses to help familiarise users with how the new computers work and how to set themselves up to print.
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “Our new Google Chrome-based machines are a huge upgrade on our old computers and allow users to do so much more.
“There are always staff on hand to help out if you’re confused or unfamiliar with the technology and we’re also running courses to help people familiarise themselves with the system.
“The new equipment will make using the computers a lot easier and hassle-free than before in a way that will benefit absolutely everyone.
“By installing these new computers, the Council is investing in one of the most important parts of the local community – libraries – which local people always tell us are hugely important to them.”
The new equipment, which does contain USB ports but are without CD drives, has already been trialled at Palatine Library and proved highly successful, with excellent customer feedback.
Pop in to your local library today to try out the new Chrome-based computers or ask a member of staff for support.
Blackpool Central Library