From the Boston Public Library:
In honor of National Library Week, the Boston Public Library today announced the expansion of its digital initiatives including the launch of Connectivity Kits, and the growth of its Outdoor Wi-Fi program to include five new branches. Coupled with the library’s Public Computer Access program, and the continuous availability of digital resource and courses, the BPL is reaffirming its commitment to closing the digital divide both during the pandemic and in the years ahead.
“Our business is access to information and resources, andhelping close the digital divide is part of that work, particularly as our global health crisis increases the need to connect digitally for the very people whose need is greatest,” said BPL President David Leonard. “Through our Connectivity Kits, expanded Outdoor Wi-Fi, Public Computer Access program, and ongoing tech courses, we are removingeven more barriers to access.”
The Connectivity Kits are designed to help patrons bridge the digital divide by providing free, reliable internet access in any location. The kits include a 14” Chromebook, a hotspot,and a mouse, as well as the necessary chargers and a quick start guide, all in a BPL bag for easy access and transportation. While the BPL continues to offer Public Computer Access at the Central Library in Copley Square, Connectivity Kits extend this service into patrons’ homes and neighborhoods, on a schedule that works for them. The BPL hopes these kits will help Bostonians job hunt, complete school work, learn new skills, or simply connect with friends and family.
Additionally, the BPL has expanded its Outdoor Wi-Fi program to include five additional branches, giving patrons free internet access in the areas surrounding their local branches.