Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield has released borrowable Wi-Fi hotspots, and patrons have already begun checking them out with their library cards.

Ever since they learned the library planned to offer hotspots, library patrons had been eagerly awaiting their arrival. These small and portable devices connect laptops, smartphones, or tablets to the Internet, allowing patrons to access the internet from just about anywhere.

Any Atlantic County resident can apply for an Otto Bruyns library card, and check out a Wi-Fi hotspot. Patrons over age 18 may borrow one hotspot for one week, once a month. Renewals are not permitted, but one may reserve the next available device for the following month.

Otto Bruyns Library resolved to invest in Wi-Fi hotspots in effort to bridge the digital literacy divide.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as many as 25 to 30 percent of Atlantic County households do not have access to broadband internet service (U.S. Census American Community Survey, 2013), forcing them to rely on restaurants, cafes, and hotels to provide Wi-Fi. This is where the Otto Bruyns Public Library will step in to help.

The library offers computer help for patrons by appointment, and hosts many digital services, such as NJ job search and small business development. Now, the library is proud to additionally offer Wi-Fi hotspots, so patrons who rely on the public library for internet are no longer limited to the library’s location and business hours.

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