Touch screen technology

Councillor Dine Romero at Bath Central Library

B&NES libraries have just got even more interesting. Thirty self-service tablets which are free to use with a library membership card have been installed at the council’s three main facilities.

The Samsung tablets or ‘Hublets’ are for use only within the library and provide free internet browsing, access to e-books, newspapers and magazines and other library apps.

Residents with a Libraries West membership can scan their card at the docking station and a Hublet will be released for them to use. There are 18 Hublets in Bath Central Library, six in Keynsham and six in Midsomer Norton.

The tablets are ideal for people who are new to using touch-screen technology and will help more people to access digital services.

Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People, and Communities, said: “We are delighted that the new Hublets are up and running. They will bring everything the internet can offer to more people and help us ensure all residents have equal opportunities for digital access. Not everyone is able to access the internet at home, so the Hublets will make sure digital library content, information on council services and e-learning is available to all our residents.

“The devices are very simple to use and we hope they will break down barriers for people who might not be confident in using touch-screen technology. Come and give them a try!”

No personal information can be stored on the Hublet and information is wiped once the Hublet is returned to the docking station. They only operate within the libraries on the libraries’ WiFi network.

The Hublets cannot be booked in advance and are available on a first come, first served basis. People wishing to listen to audio will need to bring their own headphones. Find out more about the Hublets.

Joining a library is free. Find out more about the council’s library and information services.