Danbury Library Mobile Hotspots for Home Use
Danbury Library, a branch of the Brazoria County Library System, is now offering mobile hot spots for a seven day check out period. Library card holders can check out each device for free and can have the capability to connect up to eleven electronic devices. These hotspots can only be checked out from the Danbury branch.
The mobile hotspots have been acquired through a program from The Technology & Information Policy Institute (TIPI)at the University of Texas at Austin funded by the Tocker Foundation to assist rural libraries to implement hotspot lending programs throughout the state of Texas. Six libraries were selected to implement this program and Danbury Public Library was among them.
“These hotspots assist the local population with Internet access in many ways. Our work in other rural regions shows that hotspots allow people otherwise “unconnected” to complete GED programs, to help their kids do homework, and to use Internet resources at their homes. The convenience and affordability factors are important.” said the Project Director of TIPI Sharon Strover. TIPI has conducted research on mobile hotspot lending programs in New York, Kansas, and Maine.
Libraries, especially in rural areas, are a crucial community anchor for Internet access and providing e-resources as well as books. These devices help bridge the gap in accessing health care, education and employment opportunities. AT&T and Mobile Beacon are assisting with the devices and connectivity.
For more information, contact the Danbury Branch of the Brazoria County Library System.