Dallas Public Library allowing residents to take internet home with hotspot lending
The Dallas Public Library has a new program that will make it possible for more Dallas homes to have internet access. Starting March 2 hotspots will available for check out at 10 branches.
“The neighborhoods with the largest digital divide were identified for this pilot project,” said Library Director Jo Giudice. “This is very much an issue of equity, so much of daily life depends on internet access – applying for a job, completing school work, contacting customer service about a bill, etc. When you don’t have the ability to get online, it is yet another hurdle to overcome.”
The hotspot lending will provide 900 mobile hotspots at 10 library locations to give residents the opportunity to access online resources for up to 30 days at home. Beginning February 20, hotspots can be placed on request just like a library book and it must be checked out at the designated location.
Hotspots must be checked out in-person for 30 days with no option to renew.
Hotspots are available at the following branches:
Pleasant Grove Branch
Prairie Creek Branch
Dallas West Branch
Martin Luther King Branch
Highland Hills Branch
Arcadia Park Branch
Bachman Lake Branch
Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Branch
Polk Wisdom Branch
Dallas City Council approved the purchase of the hotspots during the budget adoption process in September.
Below is a map of where the hotspots are available and frequently asked questions in English and Spanish.[embeddoc url="http://www.dallascitynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/LIB-hotspots-Map-and-FAQ.pdf" download="all"]