FURIOUS library users hit out after their wi-fi was shut down.

Equipment was removed from Pollok and transferred to Cardonald Library after Glasgow Life said the service was too expensive.

Greater Pollok councillor David McDonald said it is "unacceptable" that local residents should lose out to those in other parts of the city.

Mr McDonald discovered the wi-fi had been removed during a surgery at the library, part of Pollok Civic Realm which is located at the back of Silverburn Shopping Centre.

He said: "One of the big bonuses of having a surgery at the library was the ability to instantly get to work on constituents' problems utilising the wi-fi, so I was annoyed and confused as to why it had been removed at a time when that sort of service is becoming a standard feature. I was even more shocked to find out from Glasgow Life that the network and the equipment had been transfer to Cardonald Library.

"Having free, internet access in a library is almost as important as having access to books.

"Glasgow Life said it was too expensive to provide the people of Pollok with free wi-fi, but that's not acceptable it, people living in Pollok shouldn't lose out to those living in Partick or the city centre."

In June Glasgow City Council revealed plans to introduce free wi-fi zones ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Council leader Gordon Matheson said it would "promote economic growth and make a major contribution to the council's ambition to make Glasgow a digitally connected and truly future city".

Figures show between March 1 2011 and February 29 2012, 470 people used the wi-fi at Pollok Library at a cost of £2196.00.

A spokesman for Glasgow Life said the library still offers free broadband on PCs.

She added: "There was very little uptake in the wi-fi service at Pollock library so the decision was made by management to move the equipment to another facility where it would be used more by the public.

"Between March 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012 the cost per session at Pollok Library was 20 times as much as it was at Hillhead, the library where the wi-fi is utilised most."