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WiFi Hotspots, Chromebooks Available for Checkout at Pasadena Libraries

Published on Monday, November 29, 2021 | 5:00 am

Local residents can now check out chromebooks and hotspot devices from all nine branches of the Pasadena Public Library.

WiFi hotspots are internet access points that allow the user to connect to a WiFi network using another device while away, including laptops like Chromebooks.

“These are a welcome part of the library’s efforts to bridge the digital divide for those without access to the Internet,” City Manager Steve Mermell said in a memo.

As part of the digital divide, some people do not have access to the internet either due to poor service areas or because they cannot afford the necessary technology.

The digital divide came to the forefront during the pandemic.

“When schools across the country shut down in March 2020, more than 50 million students across the nation were forced to access their education remotely,” according to an article in CNET. “This sent districts scrambling to replace their in-person instruction with some form of online learning. Some schools offered live video streams, while others posted assignments online and expected students to access content and assignments.”

In order to check out the devices from the Pasadena libraries patrons must have a valid library card.

The items can be checked out for four weeks. Only one hotspot and one chromebook can be checked out. Patrons must sign a lending agreement in order to borrow the items.

Funding for the items was provided by the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library, The La Pintoresca Library Associates funded the Chromebooks for the La Pintoresca Library.

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