It's aimed at making education more accessible locally during the pandemic.
Libraries in Offaly are now providing access to 'eduroam' network for third level students.
The network is widely used by third level institutions and often only accessible onsite.
However, the National Education and Research Network and Offaly County Council have connected libraries in the county to the network.
Students can avail of the service by opening their device within an eduroam hotspot.
Ray Bell, Head of Information Technology & Broadband/Digital with Offaly County Council says they're delighted to be able to offer the service;
"One of the actions in Offaly’s Digital Strategy is to collaborate with Education and Learning providers to support Digital Education & Training.
"Now more than ever during the pandemic and with everyone looking to reduce their carbon footprint, its good news for students, researchers and staff from colleges/universities all around Ireland that they can access their college/university IT network securely from any of our libraries in Offaly."
Eimear McGinn, Offaly County Librarian, also noted that;
“Students, researchers and visitors from anywhere in the world whose home institution participates in eduroam can now enjoy simple, secure and seamless wifi access in any of our community libraries.
"Eduroam enables Offaly Libraries to further support learning opportunities, access to education and acquisition of new skills for all”.