A city centre library is on course to install wi-fi for conference business users and borrowers.

Brighton and Hove City Council said it hopes to boost conference business at Jubilee Library through the provision of wi-fi connections next month.

A council spokeswoman said that if the pilot project proved successful Wi-Fi would be rolled out across all libraries in the city and could also be installed in other council-run locations with modifications.

She said: “Brighton and Hove City Council has begun work to install wi-fi in the Jubilee library. This is part of an extensive project which will provide a blueprint for the city’s other libraries and potentially a wide range of users and locations. This will ensure that the best possible value is gained from any investment. The capital cost of the project to roll out the service at Jubilee Library is expected to be less than £10,000 and will have minimal running costs.”

Fiona Martin, director at Martin Searle solicitors in Marlborough Place, welcomed the move.

She said: “I looked at organising a seminar at the Jubilee Library some time ago but I didn’t go ahead. This will make the conference facilities at the library more attractive to business users. It already has a number of great features such as disabled parking bays and loops for the hard of hearing.

“But the library has got to up its game because there are a lot of good conference hotels in the city who will give competitive rates to businesses. Everyone wants to be plugged in all the time these days so wi-fi is a must for any public building.”