More than 100 tablet computers will be distributed to Moray residents who have previously been required to “shield” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Moray Council’s library service has secured funding from the Scottish Government to buy equipment for those who were unable to leave home while also not able to access digital services.
A total of 120 iPads and Chromebooks will be distributed to some of the region’s most vulnerable residents.
Tuition will also be offered by staff to ensure people are able to access the services they need from the technology.
Shielding advice, requiring people to stay at home, was given to those at high risk of serious consequences from contracting Covid-19 in the early stages of the national lockdown.
However, current guidance from the Scottish Government explains the infection rate is currently low enough for those in the category to follow the same advice as the rest of the population.
Anne Owens, the library service’s learning centre coordinator, said: “We’ve seen so much of our lives transition online this year, from video calls with loved ones during lockdown, to clubs and organisations holding virtual meetings, a surge in streaming services.
“Demand for our online library catalogue has also soared. For those without access to technology, it can be extremely isolating.
“By providing these devices, and teaching recipients how to use them confidently and safely, they’ll be able to connect with friends and family, learn, shop and interact online – many for the first time.”
The Scottish Government established its Connecting Scotland project to support 30,000 households across the country who are unable to access online services.