BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries will begin circulating Wi-Fi hotspots to library members.

Having access to reliable, high speed connection has become an utility. Unfortunately, a percentage of citizens lack access to high speed internet at home. Citizens are unable to connect to the internet for work, school, and other purposes.

This idea branched from unstable connections residents were having while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this project, the Libraries will provide 500 Wi-Fi Hotspot devices for check-out to the public. It will also include strong Wi-Fi devices in shared public spaces throughout the community.

“The Library is excited to offer an additional means for the public to access the Internet and vital digital services,” said Library Director Spencer Watts. He added, “These devices provide an additional means to help bridge the digital divide. It offers another avenue for people to obtain the tremendous advantages that can be realized through a ready, flexible connection to the information infrastructure.”

The hotspots will be available for checkout to EBRPL cardholders at the following locations:

  • Baker
  • Carver
  • Delmont Gardens
  • Eden Park
  • Main
  • Scotlandville

Cardholders will be able to borrow the device for up to three weeks and renew them if needed. This will allow residents up to 12 weeks of use and should be helpful to students, job seekers, and others.