Get connected in the Richmond Valley

The Richmond Upper-Clarence Regional Library was successful in gaining funding for 3 laptop dispensers, containing 18 laptops in total, for use by residents in Casino, Evans Head and Kyogle.

Funding was received from the State Library of NSW’s Public Library Infrastructure grant. The $113,243 project aimed at expanding internet access through the purchase and installation of laptop dispensers.

Member for Clarence; Chris Gulaptis and Richmond Valley Council Mayor; Robert Mustow officially launched Project Connect at the Casino Library in late January.

Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said the NSW Government recognised that libraries need to adapt and move with the times and the Library Infrastructure Program is designed to assist local government in developing and improving buildings and information technology.

“It’s terrific to see the Casino Library well utilised by people of all ages and I congratulate Council on its forward thinking in ensuring the library is an accessible and engaging resource,” Mr Gulaptis said.

Clr Mustow added “Our libraries are here for the community. We continue to diversify our services to cater for the growing need to have accessible internet connection”.

The laptops are available for use within the library only and accessible to library members with a valid library card who are 16 years and over. They are equipped with state of the art anti-virus software, automatically wipe history when returned and charge when not in use.

It is anticipated that Wi-Fi printing will also be available in the near future.

For further information, or comments from Mayor Robert Mustow or Regional Library Manager Gary Ellem, please contact Hayley Hancock on 6660 0277 or 0428 429 633