The Worcester County Library announced the launch of its mobile WiFi hotspot lending program, expanding free internet access for residents beyond the five physical library locations.
The WiFi hotspots will allow for individuals to connect enabled devices (laptop, smartphones, tablets, etc.) to the internet on the go. Individuals will need to be 18 years or older with a valid library card to receive the Kajeet hotspots that will provide limited data on the Verizon network. The hotspots are filtered to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and can be checked out for 30 days at a time.
Libraries serve purposes “beyond the book” as crucial community anchors for Internet access. Wireless hotspot lending programs in libraries around the country have helped library users bridge gaps in access to health care, education, and employment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a time when many residents are doing their schoolwork, research, and job searches from home, this program extends the benefits of the library and broad information access beyond the library walls.
“These hotspots will assist Worcester County residents in many ways. Wireless hotspots allow people otherwise ‘unconnected’ to complete GED programs, to help their kids do homework, and to search for jobs,” said library director Jennifer Ranck.
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