Bilton library to offer IT classes after move

Volunteers at  Bilton and Woodfields library.
Volunteers at Bilton and Woodfields library.

Bilton and Woodfield Community Library has received a grant of nearly £18,000 to provide IT classes when it moves to its new premises at Woodfield School in early summer.

The classes will be aimed at those with little or no IT skills and will concentrate on teaching how to access information and social networking.

Classes will run over a two year period and it is hoped that people will continue to use the facilities on offer at the library long after the classes have finished.

Greta Knight, Chairman of Bilton & Woodfield Community Library Steering Group said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our library to become a true community hub.

“We know that there are many people who feel out of touch with the world of technology and as a result feel isolated.”

The grant is being awarded through the Health Lottery, from money raised by HealthLevel to help reduce social isolation.

Classes cannot start before the move as the current premises do not have the necessary WiFi.

Anyone wishing to register an early interest can do so by calling the library 01423 564630, or emailing

Bilton and Woodfield Community Library is the only volunteer-run library in Harrogate.

Activists backed by the Harrogate Advertiser fought to save the library when it was threatened by closure in 2012.

In summer 2014 the library will move from its current home on Bilton Lane to a newly refurbished home on the site of Woodfield Primary School.