Aberdeen City Libraries offer free computer access as lockdown eases

Aberdeen City Libraries are now offering access to free public computers at eight of the city’s libraries.

In line with recent Scottish Government guidance for public libraries in level 4 areas, computer access is now available at Airyhall, Bridge of Don, Central Library, Cove, Culter, Dyce, Mastrick and Tillydrone Libraries, along with the Libraries existing Click & Collect service.

A free, pre-booked appointment is required to use the library computers and customers wishing to book PC access can do so either by calling 01224 652500 or contacting their local library directly.

All PC sessions will be limited to 60 minutes to cope with demand. Social distancing must be observed, and face coverings worn for the duration of the appointment.

Prior to lockdown, many people across Aberdeen relied on the free computer and internet access at the city’s libraries. In 2019-2020, the service provided 115,311 individual sessions across the city.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokeswoman said: “This is great news and another important step towards normality. It has now been a year since our libraries first closed to the public at the start of the lockdown and staff did a great job in quickly adapting and continuing to provide services through our digital library and online Bookbug sessions.

“However, while computers and internet access are now considered an essential part of daily life, particularly in during the coronavirus pandemic, lack of access and digital skills remains a challenge for many. Our library service is committed to promoting digital inclusion and are aware of how important it is for our users and communities to be able to have free computer access, so we are delighted at being able to resume this key service.”

Following the latest Scottish Government update, further limited re-opening of Aberdeen City Libraries is expected on Monday 26 April, dependent on the move to protection level 3.

More information on how to book an appointment and all services and resources available at Aberdeen City Libraries during lockdown can be found on their website – https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/aberdeen-city-libraries-service-update.