Grant will help library expand hotspot program

Since a pilot program providing Wi-Fi hotspots in economically-challenged neighborhoods launched last year, the devices have been the most checked out item in the Fort Worth Public Library system.

With a daily average of 300 library patrons on the waitlist, there’s no question of the great need to expand the program by adding more devices.

Now, thanks to support from the William E. Scott Foundation, the library is one step closer to adding 100 more mobile devices into circulation this year, which would significantly reduce the waitlist.

Mobile hotspots can be checked out from the library to provide free internet access. Many of the users are families with school-aged children needing access to Wi-Fi to complete homework and adults conducting job searches.

The service is available to adults and youth in good standing with a Fort Worth resident library card. Each check-out lasts three weeks. Library staff members are trained to help patrons learn how to use the devices.

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