Press release from Alachua County Library District
Alachua County Library District added 100 more WiFi2Go mobile hotspots for check out on Tuesday, July 5, thanks to another donation from the Alachua County Library District Foundation.
The Library District launched the WiFi2Go collection in April 2021 with 100 hotspots funded by a $36,000 donation from the Foundation. Alachua County library cardholders can check out a hotspot for seven days and connect up to five devices to the internet at once with no fees or data limits.
In July of last year, the Foundation’s board members donated another $36,000 to double the WiFi2Go collection.
This June, the Foundation’s board members again donated $36,000 to add 100 hotspots to the WiFi2Go collection, bringing the collection’s total to 300 WiFi2Gos. These additional 100 hotspots will be WiFi2Go Sizzlers, items that are not holdable and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at each branch.
Alachua County library cardholders can reserve regular (non-Sizzler) hotspots using the online catalog by searching for “WiFi2Go” or by calling any branch. Patrons can return WiFi2Go hotspots to any library branch.
“We are thrilled to expand this important service and grateful for the Foundation’s support,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “The WiFi2Go program is a huge success, and these additional hotspots will allow us to connect even more patrons with reliable internet access.”
This year, Alachua County Library District is a recipient of the 2022 Wi-Fi At Work Award: Community Connectivity Superheroes for our WiFi2Go program. The Wi-Fi At Work Awards were created by WifiForward to highlight the good that Wi-Fi does across the country and honor individuals and organizations who use Wi-Fi to bring connectivity to their communities during the pandemic.
In addition to WiFi2Go, the Library District offers computers with Internet access for public use for free at all 12 locations. Free WiFi is also available at all library locations.