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Toronto Public Library expanding program that lends out wireless internet

“A pilot project that lets low-income Torontonians bring the internet home with them has proven so successful that library officials are scaling up their efforts this summer.The Toronto Public Library partnered with Google Canada last summer to lend out some 200 Wi-Fi hotspots for six months at a time. Now, after a survey of those who borrowed the devices found 97 per cent of people were happy with the program, library officials are hoping to get 500 into circulation by the end of the summer.” (via CBC News)

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Chicago Public Library lending hundreds of hotspots

“The Chicago Public Library was already the largest provider of free internet access in the city, but it’s taken things to a new level: now patrons can check out the internet too.In all, 973 wireless internet hotspots are available at Chicago library branches. The goal is to have 1,000 available, said Patrick Molloy, director of public and government affairs. The hotspots, about the size of a BlackBerry cellphone, allow smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to go online from almost anywhere.” (via Chicago Sun-Times)

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Check The Library For Internet Hotspots To Go

“In Spring Hill, Tenn., people often lurk outside the library on their laptops — before it opens and after it closes. Librarian Jennifer Urban says it’s not that they’re just mooching the free Wi-Fi. The cost may be one aspect, but this town of about 30,000 people is also growing fast, she says, so fast that Internet providers can’t keep up with home construction. “There are subdivisions here that no one in the subdivision has Internet access, for one reason or another,” she says.(via NPR)

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Testing the Seattle Public Library’s new Wi-Fi hotspot: It’s worth the wait

“In late May, the Seattle Public Library announced a program to lend Wi-Fi hotspots to library card holders, free of charge, thanks to funding from Google. Within the first day, 175 people had placed a hold on the 126 devices in open circulation, including me. Now, nearly 1,300 people are waiting for a device, and another 200 units are being added to circulation due to an additional $80,000 grant from Google. My turn to check out the hotspot came a few weeks ago, and it was worth the wait.” (via Geekwire)

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Seattle library patrons can check out Wi-Fi hotspot devices

As of Monday, anyone with a Seattle Public Library card could check out a Wi-Fi hotspot device to use on the go or at home. The initial 150 devices were funded with a $225,000 grant from Google and Google.org to the Seattle Public Library, according to a library news release. “We want the library to be anywhere, everywhere, any place and on any device,” said Andra Addison, a spokeswoman for the library.” (via Seattle Times)

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