kplWhen we think of libraries, we think of it as places we go to if we want to do some research, look up old newspaper archives, use the computers, surf the internet, or check out some books, maybe take them home for the weekend. However over in Canada, the Kitchener Public Library will now be lending out WiFi hotspot devices.

This is make the KPL the first library in the country to do so. Basically these WiFi hotspots act like regular hotspots. This makes it ideal for users who do not have internet access at home or for those on the go but do not want to pay or cannot afford to pay for a WiFi hotspot of their own, to which the library will gladly loan them a unit.

There are a total of 19 units available to users and anyone aged 18 and above with a library card will be able to borrow the unit for as long as 3 weeks, similar to if they were to borrow a book or a DVD. The hotspots will come with unlimited data and will work across Canada as long as Rogers has cell coverage in that area.

According to Lesa Balch, the library’s senior manager of service department, “At Kitchener Public Library, we’re committed to helping connect people with information. As more information is coming online, we’re providing the hot spots, so people can get access to that information.”

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