New Tech Lands at Libraries

Published: 01-May-2019

There’s good news for tech lovers as Waimakariri Libraries prepares for an upgrade to its public access computers.

The computers are provided by the Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa and are being replaced with new Google Chromebooks and touch screens. The Chromebooks will be rolled out across Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Oxford Libraries along with new printers, scanners and a revamped booking system.

Google Chromebooks are fast, easy to use, and designed to be primarily used with the internet. Most of the applications and data on the devices will be cloud-based, meaning users have easy access to their files from wherever they can access the web and making portable storage devices such as usb drives largely obselete.

Library Team Leader, Jennifer Kirkwood, says staff will help customers become accustomed to the new equipment, “We think the users are going to find the Chromebooks really easy to use. However if anyone gets stuck, they just need to ask for help and one of our staff will be happy to give them a hand.”

The swapover of equipment will mean there will be limited periods where public computer access is not available. Throughout this times free WIFI will remain available, allowing library users to connect using their own devices.

Tuesday 7th May - Rangiora Library
There will be no public computer access from 9am – 5pm

Thursday 9th May – Kaiapoi Library
There will be no public computer access from 9am – 2pm

Friday 10th – Oxford Library
There will be no public computer access from 9am – 12pm