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Redbridge Libraries helping you stay connected!

Are you struggling to pay your monthly mobile bills? Then Redbridge Libraries could help! We are participating in the National Databank Programme to provide free internet access to anyone struggling to afford to get online.  

Fingers hold 5 SIM cards fanned out. The first, third and fifth SIM cards in the fan are all white. The second is red and the fourth is black.

If you are:  

  • Aged 18 years and over  
  • Have no or insufficient access to the internet at home or away from the home  
  • Finding it difficult to afford your monthly contract or top up  

Then you may be eligible to receive a free SIM card through the scheme.  

The following data is available to eligible participants for up to 6 months:  
O2 Pay as you go. 20GB, free calls and texts for 30 days from activation   
Vodafone 20GB, free calls and texts  
Three 24GB in total  

We regret that no other networks are currently supported through this scheme. You will need to provide your own device to use with the data plan.  

We have a limited number of SIM cards available each month. These will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis and must be collected in person from one of the following libraries: Fullwell Cross, Gants Hill, Goodmayes, Hainault, Keith Axon, Redbridge Central or Wanstead.  

Cards and vouchers will only be issued to you if there are enough supplies. If demand exceeds the amount of SIM cards, you will be placed on a waiting list and offered a card or voucher at the next available opportunity.   

It’s very simple to apply – Just pop into one of the participating libraries or contact them by phone or email: 

Goodmayes Library & Keith Axon Centre

Call: 020 8708 7750

Redbridge Central Library

Call: 020 8708 2414

Fullwell Cross Library & Hainault

Call: 020 8708 9281

Gants Hill Library

Call: 020 8708 9274

Wanstead Library

Call: 020 8708 7400

There are no deadlines, applications can be made at any time.  

If you are unsure if you qualify, then please contact your local branch for a confidential chat.