Library users can “check out” Internet access for 28 days at a time

By The Active Age | November 29, 2021

The Wichita Public Library is putting 250 internet bundles into circulation for customers to borrow. The internet bundles will feature a wireless hotspot and a Chromebook.

“This service gives the Library a unique opportunity to bridge the digital divide in Wichita by giving residents with low or no internet connectivity at home the tools they need to access necessary infrastructure from home,” said Jaime Prothro, Director of Libraries.

Customers can call (316) 261-8500 or visit catalog.wichitalibrary.org to place a hold on an internet bundle. Customers must have a library card in good standing to use this service. Bundles may be picked up at any Wichita Public Library location and will check out for 28 days.

Each bundle comes with a Chromebook 3100, a T-Mobile hotspot, information about Library services, a copy of the Library’s internet and acceptable use policy, and how-to guides for using these devices.

The project is designed for residents who lack access to connected devices and internet services sufficient to engage in learning or work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Library received $150,000 in American Rescue Plant Act funding for this program.

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