ASCPL offers residents the opportunity for free internet connectivity
The Akron-Summit County Public Library is launching a mobile hotspot and laptop lending service to provide internet access to Library cardholders who do not have sufficient access in their homes.
Funding for the hotspots is from the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program. Established as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the ECF funds schools and public libraries to purchase hotspots and other devices.
Access to the internet and digital literacy is critical to success in school, seeking employment, managing personal finances, and pursuing health and wellness.
“We are pleased to enhance the Library’s technology assistance to the community. The latest service expands what the Library has provided for years – public computers and free Wi-Fi at all 19 of our locations – but with the convenience of access away from the Library,” said Executive Director Pam Hickson-Stevenson. “We are grateful to acquire ECF support that helps us promote digital inclusion.”
The hotspots have a two-week loan period. In addition to the hotspots, ASCPL will also lend Windows 10 laptop bundles, which have a four-week loan period. The laptops will be pre-loaded with Microsoft Office, Library apps, and other productivity software.
Requirements for borrowing include:
For more information about the hotspot lending program, visit the Library of Things homepage at https://www.akronlibrary.org/books-more/library-of-things
About Akron-Summit County Public Library
Akron-Summit County Public Library comprises the Main Library, 18 branch libraries, and mobile services. The system provides resources for learning and leisure, information services, meeting spaces, and programs for all ages that support, improve, and enrich individual, family, and community life.
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