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Wellington County Library has received a grant from the Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund to support the launch of a new programme that will allow library patrons to borrow an internet hotspot. The device will provide unlimited internet use during the 7 day checkout period.
In a 2012 study, a reported 14% of Wellington County residents did not have access to the internet in their home. Increasingly, information can only be found online, with students, job seekers, and small business owners relying on access. The public computers and free WiFi already available in our library branches continues to see increased use every year, so this programme is a natural extension of the services we already provide.
In addition to the 70 hotspots that will be available across the County, we are also adding 70 circulating iPads to our collection that will be available for a 7 day loan. Upper Grand District School Board students already have access to 70 Chromebooks provided by the school board for loan, and we'll be adding another 10 to help meet demand.
Hotspots and iPads will be available to adult patrons with a valid library card in good standing. Children and teens are encouraged to take advantage of the programme, but will need a parent or guardian to check out the device on their card.