We are pleased to announce that the beneficiary for Dougie's Grant 2023 is the 
Guille-Allès Library.

The grant will be used to fund 6 new, top-of-the-range desktop PCs, rejuvenating this vital service for islanders. The PCs will be located on the first floor and are available for anyone to use free of charge. Hundreds of people use the computers on a weekly basis, to access States services, search for jobs, write and print CVs, research health information and even practice their theory driving test.

Michelle, Dougie’s daughter, said: “Even at 99 years old, Dad used his iPad every day to FaceTime me in England and to listen to his music. IT enriched his life on a daily basis and he appreciated the value of being connected. Because of this he would be absolutely delighted that ‘Dougie’s Grant 2023’ has been awarded to the Guille-Allès Library to purchase a suite of PCs which will provide public access to IT and the internet to a large number of Islanders who would otherwise be digitally excluded.”

Cornelia James, Chief Librarian, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be awarded Dougie’s Grant this year. The Library plays a vital role in tackling digital exclusion, providing free, open access to IT services for those without the internet or their own devices at home. Our existing computers are almost 10 years old, running an old version of Windows and becoming increasing slow. Dougie’s Grant will enable us to upgrade this service and ensure we can continue to support islanders to access the information and technology they need.” 

Becky Eker from Collas Crill Trust presented the cheque to Cornelia James on behalf of Michelle Knowles, Dougie's daughter.

The Guille-Allès Library has been at the heart of life in Guernsey for over 130 years. Founded by lifelong friends Thomas Guille and Frederick Allès in 1888, their original vision was for the Library to become a hub for culture, learning, and community – and more than a century later, our goal remains the same.

Through our vast collection of books, films, music, digital resources and other media, as well as frequent events for adults and children, we enrich lives and boost well- being throughout the community, with equality of access for all.
For more information about the Library visit www.library.gg



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