Haverhill Library plays a part in award of national title

Alison Wheeler, general manager of Suffolk Libraries IPS, at the Get Connected launch
Alison Wheeler, general manager of Suffolk Libraries IPS, at the Get Connected launch

Haverhill Library’s work in promoting its online services has played a part in Suffolk Libraries winning an award at the EDGE library conference in Edinburgh.

The EDGE conference brings together key people from the world of libraries and information providers.

The conference includes awards to acknowledge good practice and innovative library and information projects which demonstrate the benefits of library services to communities.

Suffolk Libraries won the ‘digital’ category of the awards for the ‘Get Connected’ initiative which is promoting Suffolk Libraries’ online services including free Wi-Fi now in many libraries, free ebooks and the new Freegal music service.

Suffolk Libraries has been promoting these services through information events and helping to improve the confidence of customers and staff in using them.

The EDGE award winners were announced at the conference on Thursday, February 27.

Alison Wheeler, general manager of Suffolk’s Libraries IPS, said: “We’re thrilled to win this award which shows that innovation in Suffolk’s library service is being recognised at a national level.”

· Over 30 of Suffolk’s Libraries now offer free Wi-Fi to customers with the aim of all libraries offering it later this year.

· The amount of ebook titles Suffolk Libraries offers has risen to over 6,000 and by the end of this financial year the service expects to lend around 40,000 ebooks.

· Suffolk Libraries also offers an extensive range of e-audio books.

· Since its launch in November, library customers have used the new Freegal music service to listen to 17,000 tracks.

Recent Get Connected events have been held in Woodbridge, Haverhill, Halesworth, Brandon, Stradbroke and Aldeburgh libraries.

For more information about Getting Connected with Suffolk Libraries people can visit the newly launched website www.suffolklibraries.co.uk