KILWINNING Library is one of six libraries throughout Scotland now playing a key role in helping people access public sector services including health and social care across the country.

The ‘Near Me in Libraries’ scheme builds on the existing ‘Near Me’ video consulting service that enables people to attend appointments remotely, wherever is convenient and appropriate.

The service is already widely used across Scotland for health and social care appointments with around 45,000 consultations being held every month. It is now being piloted across a range of public service libraries.

Pamela Tulloch, chief executive of the Scottish Library and Information Council, said: “Local libraries provide a safe alternative to home and are ideally positioned to support people at risk of digital exclusion, especially in terms of health and care services.

“Networked with free public Wi-Fi, users have access to private and confidential spaces, with trained staff available to support.”

The new initiative is not a ‘walk-in’ service, but individuals are able to schedule a ‘Near Me’ appointment, with dedicated space booked in the library.

To find out more call the library on 01294 554699.

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