The Needham Free Public Library now has 5 Wi-Fi hotspots and 5 Chromebooks available to borrow! With the pandemic there was an increased need for expanded technology with the introduction into Zoom and work-from-home. The Needham Free Public Library felt it was vital to ensure the public had access to the internet, and computers. With funding from the Library Foundation of Needham and the Friends of the Needham Public Library, the library was able to purchase hotspots and Chromebooks for lending.
The hotspots and wireless service were purchased through the Mobile Beacon program at TechSoup that provides 4G LTE mobile broadband hotspots to eligible nonprofits, charities, schools and libraries throughout the United States. TechSoup is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit devoted to making technology and technology education available and affordable to nonprofits and libraries all over the world.
Digital inclusion is a strategic priority for the Needham Free Public Library, and an important part of the Library’s vision for equal access to all. The Wi-Fi hotspot and Chromebook lending pilot program:
Supports students and their parents by providing access to educational resources,
Supports job seekers by providing access to employment information and resources, and
Bridges the digital divide in low- to moderate-income families.
To borrow a hotspot or Chromebook visit the Reference desk or call 781-455-7559 ext. 502. Hotspots and Chromebooks are lent out for a 2-week period. The devices must be returned in person to the Reference desk. Needham residents only, and you must be over 18 years old with a valid library card.
Additional devices will be added as funding becomes available.