Wireless connectivity for six local libraries

Wireless connectivity is now available in six libraries - including Banchory, Aboyne and Alford - and four academy-based community libraries across Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeenshire Libraries were successful in a bid for external funding from the Scottish Government through the Public Library Quality Improvement Fund (PLQIF) managed by the Scottish Library and Information Council last year.

The libraries with wireless capability are Banchory, Aboyne, Alford, Inverurie and Stonehaven, Meldrum, Portlethen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Ellon. Wireless will also be available in the new Westhill Library from August.

Library members are now able to use their own devices in these libraries and connect to the internet. Holidaymakers and visitors can access the service using a visitor card.

Councillor Richard Stroud, chairman of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, said: “Congratulations to the library service on the success of their funding bid, and I’m very pleased to hear that it is to be put towards a resource that continues to introduce modern facilities in our libraries that will benefit a great number of members and visitors to these libraries.”

Councillor Isobel Davidson, vice-chairwoman for the committee, said: “I am pleased to see our libraries continuing to develop the services we are able to our members and local residents.

“By offering resources such as wireless connectivity, more people will be encouraged to visit their local library.”