News UK, publisher of newspapers including The Times, Sunday Times and The Sun is to provide tablet technology for use in Southwark libraries, coinciding with the organisationís move to London Bridge.
As a gift to Southwark Council, 80 Nexus tablets and one i-Pad tablet per library will be available for the borough’s residents, giving them access to the latest news and technology. Subscriptions to its Times newspapers will be available on every device.
Libraries with access to tablets in the borough will include Blue Anchor, Brandon, Canada Water, Dulwich, John Harvard, Kingswood, Newington and Peckham.
Southwark Council welcomed the donation as it continues to develop its libraries. Councillor Peter John, leader of Southwark Council, said: "On behalf of the people of Southwark I’d like to thank News UK for their generous gift.
“While other councils are closing down libraries, we are investing in and opening new state of the art facilities. These devices will perfectly complement our commitment to providing the best spaces for learning that are comparable with anywhere in London.
"This is a good example of how we are absolutely focused on growing strong relations with Southwark based businesses in order to maximise meaningful learning, skills and employment opportunities for local people, particularly the young and disadvantaged."
News UK has taken out a 30-year lease on its London Bridge base, which opens on 16 September.
News UK, CEO, Mike Darcey, said: "I cannot think of a better home for our talented and dedicated staff and I’m delighted with this initiative to ensure that our new neighbours in this vibrant and historical patch will have access to our world class technology and titles.
“Having signed up for three decades our commitment to this area is as solid as our determination to secure a sustainable future for our professional journalism at scale."
Southwark Council has bought Courage Yard on Shad Thames, near Tower Bridge, which it will redevelop to generate income for frontline services.