L.A. County libraries now offer laptops for loan, mobile hot-spot kits

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Select L.A. County Library locations now allow sidewalk pickup for printed documents and kits with laptops and mobile hot-spot devices.(County of Los Angeles)

Select L.A. County Library locations now allow sidewalk pickup for printed documents and kits with laptops and mobile hot-spot devices.(County of Los Angeles)

With Los Angeles County still largely on lockdown amid the pandemic, the county’s public library system has launched a program to loan laptops and mobile wireless internet service, as well as to provide free printing.

The new services are intended to address technological woes for people who don’t have printers, computers or Wi-Fi access at home.

“The digital divide has far-reaching consequences, especially during this unprecedented time,” library Director Skye Patrick said in a news release. “No connection to the internet means no way for the unemployed to find employment or participate in virtual interviews, no way for isolated older adults to receive telehealth or keep in touch with loved ones, no way for caregivers to access information for homeschooling or support their kids’ digital schooling needs. We see laptop and hotspot loans and printing pickup as two ways the library can help to bridge the digital divide for these communities.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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