Friends of the Library Helps KC Public Library Expand Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending Program

Monday, October 19, 2020

(Kansas City, Mo.) – A recent gift from the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library is helping the Library continue work to bridge the digital divide. The nearly $18,000 donation will go directly toward purchasing more Wi-Fi hotspots for a newly launched hotspot lending program.

This free service allows patrons to check out hotspots for two weeks at a time. The devices connect to any Wi-Fi enabled device and can support 10 devices for web use and two to three devices for streaming. Because of high demand, patrons are allowed to check out only one hotspot at a time and cannot renew it beyond the 14-day checkout period.

“Everyone is facing challenges right now, and the timing of the Library’s new service resonated strongly throughout the Friends,” said Friends of the Library President Matt Sterling. “Families are trying to navigate virtual learning and working remotely. The city is working on new ways to bridge digital, economic, and racial disparities. Our group is dedicated to making a difference through our love of the Library and jumped at the opportunity to help expand access to this vital program.”

There is a great need for expanded internet access in Kansas City, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has moved learning, work, and other necessary services online. The Kansas City Public Library is proud to provide this vital service.

“The hotspots are critical for many families being left behind in the digital divide,” said Carrie Coogan, the Library’s deputy director for public affairs and community engagement. ”We are so grateful to the Friends of the Library who stepped up and donated funds to the Library and this community for this desperately needed resource.”

The Library’s Tech Access hotline (816.701.3606) is available for any questions patrons may have about the Wi-Fi hotspots.

There is a $60 fee for lost or damaged Wi-Fi hotspots.