Chromebooks and Galaxy tablets now available at checkout at the Lubbock Public Library
LUBBOCK, TX (COMMUNICATED) – Google Chromebook laptops and Samsung Galaxy tablets with built-in cellular WiFi service from T-Mobile are now available at checkout at all Lubbock Public Library locations. Additionally, T-Mobile hotspots have been added to the current collection of digital devices.
To verify these devices, patrons 17 years of age or older must be in good standing and have held a Lubbock Public Library card for at least 3 months prior to borrowing a device.
Devices can be borrowed for two weeks at a time, with renewal permitted as long as that item is not on hold for another customer.
The rollout of these new devices is the latest step in an ongoing effort to bridge the digital divide by helping library patrons access the internet as well as a device to search for it.
For individuals and families without devices or reliable broadband network service, these Chromebooks, tablets and hotspots will provide internet access for educational purposes, job search, workforce development labor, health care and other critical needs.
The Lubbock Public Library has been trying to promote connectivity within the Lubbock community for several years. In 2019, a limited number of Wi-Fi hotspots became available at checkout at the Mahon and Patterson sites. The response to this new service has been incredible and there is always a waiting list for these devices.
The Lubbock Public Library received a $358,000 grant that provided 350 Google Chromebook laptops and Samsung Galaxy tablets, as well as 100 T-Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. The Federal Communication Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program provided $7 billion in grants to public libraries and schools authorized by Congress under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
To learn more about these devices and other technologies offered at the Lubbock Public Library, visit www.lubbocklibrary.com
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