LPLS Now Offering Mobile Hotspots

Released On: 8/28/2019

LORAIN – Get connected with the help of the Lorain Public Library System’s new mobile hot spots. With 10 available at the Main Library as well as the Domonkas and South Lorain branches for a total of 30, Strategic Initiatives Manager Sam Lewis said the devices, which allow users to access wireless internet from anywhere there is a cell signal, provides an access to information.

In today's age, where the Internet is key to just about everything we do, being able to provide our users with these resources is huge. Also, if you consider the demographics of some of the communities we serve where nearly 40% of households do not have reliable, at-home internet access, there's an enormous need for programs like this and being able to help meet those needs is extremely important.

LPLS Chief Executive Officer Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz said a project like this, made possible through funding from the Nordson Corporation, is a logical extension of services the system already offers, extending access beyond the constraints of when our buildings are open.

“The digital divide is a phenomenon that libraries have long sought to bridge,” she said. “We have had computers in the library for public use for many years and they continue to be popular. Our buildings offer wireless access for patrons who bring their own device to the library. However, we also understand that there are times that the library is not physically open or accessible for the public. Circulating wireless hotspots is one small way that we will help address around-the-clock needs for information.”

Carly Bartels, corporate communications specialist with Nordson, said the is happy to provide the support for the mobile hot spot pilot in Lorain. 

“As an education funder we know how important it is to have access to technology, so we can keep up with what is going on in the world around us but also to build that computer skillset that has become a necessity,” she said. “We know that there are many students without reliable internet in their homes which makes it difficult to compete on a level playing field. It is our hope that these hot spots will make access more equitable.”

Lewis said the hotspots, which have a checkout time of 21 days, are designed to provide wi-fi for a household.

“Hot spots will come with a case and charger cord and can provide internet access to up to 10 users. Our devices will have unlimited data, so no need to worry about running out of internet access while you have it checked out.”

Lewis said if overdue, service to the hot spot will be shut off and only one may be checked out per account and per family. Since the goal of the program is to provide access to the greatest number of people, patrons will not be able to renew the hotspot and cannot be placed on hold. When overdue, the hot spots will no longer function and will accrue a fine of $5 per day.