Austin Public Library Expands Wi-Fi HotSpot Lending Pilot
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, March 22, 2019
Austin Public Library has expanded its Wi-Fi HotSpot Lending pilot program to include 10 Library Branch locations after a successful pilot at the Southeast Branch location. The program allows Library customers to check out active Wi-Fi hotspots that provide mobile access to the internet.
“Residents look to the Library for free Internet access,” said Roosevelt Weeks, Austin Public Library Director. “The expanded hotspot lending pilot program will allow even more Library customers to use our services without having to travel to the library every day.”
Digital inclusion is a strategic priority for Austin Public Library, and an important part of the Imagine Austin vision. The Wi-Fi HotSpot Lending pilot program:
- Supports students and their parents by providing access to educational resources,
- Supports job seekers by providing access to employment information and resources, and
- Bridges the digital divide in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.
The 6-week pilot program began in mid-December, and now includes the following locations:
Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St., 512-974-1010
Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd., 512-974-7372
Little Walnut Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Ln., 512-974-9860
Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr., 512-974-3940
Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd., 512-974-7500
Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd., 512-974-8840
Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. César Chávez St., 512-974-3625
University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln., 512-974-9940
Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr., 512-974-9920
Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr., 512-974-9840
A limited number of devices are available at each branch for check-out. Additional devices and locations will be added as funding becomes available.
The devices and wireless service were purchased through the Mobile Beacon program at TechSoup that provides 4G LTE mobile broadband hotspots to eligible nonprofits, charities, schools and libraries throughout the United States. TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to making technology and technology education available and affordable to nonprofits and libraries all over the world.