L.A. County Library Now Offers Laptop and Mobile Hotspot Loans


L.A. County Library has announced that any County resident who needs a computer or internet hot spot service can now borrow them at their locations.

As the Los Angeles County lockdown continues, and children are learning remotely, the county’s public library system has launched a program to loan laptops and mobile wireless internet service, as well as to provide free printing for those in need.

The purpose of this new service is to address technological woes for people who don’t have printers, computers or Wi-Fi access at home.

In a news release, the L.A. County Library Director Skye Patrick said: “The digital divide has far-reaching consequences, especially during this unprecedented time. No connection to the internet means no way for the unemployed to find employment or participate in virtual interviews, no way for isolated older adults to receive telehealth or keep in touch with loved ones, no way for caregivers to access information for homeschooling or support their kids’ digital schooling needs. We see laptop and hotspot loans and printing pickup as two ways the library can help to bridge the digital divide for these communities.”

According to our sister station KFIAM 640, this program will initially be offered in communities in which 57% and 63% of households have internet subscriptions, meaning roughly 40% of the population has no connectivity.

Here are the details: The kit loans will be restricted to library card-holders 18 and older, and can be checked out for three weeks. Users can renew this loan up to three times.

Visit the L.A. County Library website for more information.

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