GigCity 'Living Hub' for library

Digital Community Trust chairman John Gallaher says a ‘‘Living Hub’’ inside Dunedin City Library...
Digital Community Trust chairman John Gallaher says a ‘‘Living Hub’’ inside Dunedin City Library will help people get to grips with the benefits of GigCity. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Dunedin City Library is in for an $80,000 facelift designed to herald the benefits of GigCity.

The library, already home to a new Gig-speed Wi-Fi hot spot, will soon boast the facilities needed to become a GigCity "Living Hub'' as well.

That would include a large table near the library's ground floor entrance, covered in tablets and other digital devices, and other devices elsewhere in the building, council economic development programme manager Fraser Liggett said.

The new facilities were expected to be in place by the end of September, and were modelled on similar developments at the Devonport Library and Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland, he said.

They would allow people not sure what to make of GigCity to "taste and test'' the benefits, he said.

Dunedin City Council arts and culture manager Bernie Hawke said he was "really excited'' about the hub's development.

"It will be a significant and visible change ... but it actually complements the way libraries are already heading anyway.''

The initiative was confirmed after city councillors earlier this month approved $80,000 in funding, from the city's Gigatown budget, to pay for the development.

The decision came after the DCC announced in April it had signed a three-year, $430,000 contract with Spark to provide 12 Gig-enabled Wi-Fi hot spots in addition to the Octagon Wi-Fi launched late last year.

Eight of the new free-to-use hot spots were expected to be online by the end of the year, and the rest by June next year.

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