Dec 2, 2021 - News

Borrow WiFi hotspots for free through Des Moines Public Library

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Des Moines Public Library is offering WiFi hotspots to families that don't currently have high-speed internet to check out for free.

Why it matters: Lack of internet access is among “the most glaring equity issues in our society, ” according to a special report by Education Week.

  • Low-income households, people of color and rural residents are disproportionately affected.

What's happening: DMPL recently landed a $164,000 federal pandemic grant to help local schools and libraries close the digital divide.

  • The library says 100 of the new wireless hotspots can be borrowed for two weeks at a time on a first-come, first served basis. Cardholders just need to live in Des Moines, Windsor Heights or rural Polk County.
  • Long-term checkouts are available for 400 wireless hotspots through June 30, 2022.

Reservations can be made on the library's website.

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