Two public libraries will begin lending portable WiFi Hotspot devices to library patrons wishing to expand the library’s Internet access. Wifi Hotspot lending will be part of a pilot project initiated by the State Library of Kansas and will include the option to borrow an iPad mini along with the portable Wifi.
“Many Kansas residents rely on library Internet for job searching, homework help, and e-government so when the doors close, so does their connection,” said State Librarian Jo Budler. “Too many Kansas households do not have Internet access and this pilot project has the potential to provide 24/7 quality access to those limited to the library’s operating hours.”
Patrons can check out Wifi Hotspot devices and/or an iPad mini by visiting Newton Public Library and Salina Public Library. Borrowers are encouraged to fill out a customer survey to help the State Library determine possibilities of expanding the program to more libraries.
The State Library provides quality library services and resources through your local library, including downloadable ebooks (for adults and children), audiobooks, and online databases. To learn more visit www.kslib.info.
This project is made possible by the State Library of Kansas, U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Sprint.