The Longview Public Library announces the launch of its mobile WiFi hotspot-lending program, expanding free internet access to patrons beyond the library building. With this new service, patrons are invited to “check out the internet,” just as they would check out a book or other library resource.
Hotspots are portable, easy to use and provide a connection to the internet by using nearby cellular towers to create a wireless network that can be shared between mobile-enabled devices. Signal strength will vary based on the physical location of the hotspot.
“The goal is to keep people connected,” said Library Director Chris Skaugset, “to remove barriers to digital access and expand connectivity options in our community. With students live-streaming classes, adults attending virtual meetings, and so much of daily life online, the need for service has never been higher.”
The program is funded with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the Washington State Library.
The Library currently has 13 hotspots. Hotspots check out for a six-week period and cannot be renewed. There is no fee for the service. Borrowers must be 18 or older and have a valid Longview Public Library card. For more information, or to reserve a WiFi hotspot, call the library at 360-442-5300 or visit the Library online at www.longviewlibrary.org.