Library ensure seniors stay connected

Published on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 at 8:46:56 AM

Thanks to a grant from the Be Connected Network, Albany Public Library are expanding their tablet lending service to residents over 50 years-old who need a device in order to communicate safely.

There were previously 6 tablets available for hire through the Library which has increased to 16 devices this month for loans of 3 weeks at a time.

Staff at Albany Public Library are also offering weekly Zoom calls for those who have borrowed a device and need assistance setting up the platform or just need some tech advice from an expert.

City of Albany Manager Arts and Culture Paul Nielsen said successfully receiving this grant allows the Library to offer more assistance to those most at risk.

“We might be transitioning out of the height of Covid-19 from a wider community perspective but our older members of the community still carry an increased level of risk to the virus,” Mr Nielsen said.

“Initiatives like expanding our digital device offering means our senior community members can still stay safe.

“Library staff are still here and eager to see our entire community get through the other side of this pandemic connected and with a few more tech skills up their sleeves.”

Members of the Albany Public Library who fit into the over 50’s category are able to take advantage of this Be Connected Network grant initiative by contacting the Library in person, via email at or phone on 6820 3600.

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