Released: March 10, 2021
Delaware County Libraries remind residents that they can check out a hotspot* from any of the 28 library locations for use at home or on the go. Hotspots are stand-alone devices that offer a fast internet connection that can be used to connect a computer, phone, or other mobile device to the internet from anywhere: homes with no current internet access, outside, in the car, etc.
Delaware County Council allocated funds for the purchase of 100 hotspots through CARES Act funding, specifically to help ensure critical access to the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are happy to be able to provide residents who might not have internet access, or reliable internet access, the ability to get online,” said Catherine Bittle, Director of Delaware County Libraries. “Many residents are looking to make appointments for COVID-19 testing or to preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine and with so many of the vaccine providers in Delaware County using online registration forms, it’s critical that residents have access to the internet. These hotspots can make an impact for those struggling to find the vaccine.”
As with books and other traditional library materials, hotspots are available for residents with a library card—at no charge—from any of the Delaware County Libraries locations and can be borrowed for a period of three weeks. They can be placed on hold at any location by calling Delaware County Libraries at (610) 891-8622 or by clicking “Request It” from the catalog at https://bit.ly/hotspots100.
Currently, 12 locations are open for in-person services and browsing, but all 28 locations are offering contactless pick up (where a patron can request items, including a hotspot, and drive to the library to pick up their items from a table or similar setup without having contact with anyone).
Residents who need a library card may apply online at https://charlotte.delco.lib.pa.us/selfreg, call Delaware County Libraries at (610) 891-8622, send a request with their name, address, phone number, and birthday via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit a branch in-person to request one.
For locations and COVID-19 related updates to library services and hours of operation, visit www.delcolibraries.org/Coronavirus-Updates.
* T9 Franklin mobile hotspots are distributed by T-Mobile. Hotspots can connect up to 15 devices simultaneously through built-in Wi-Fi AP, with 4G LT advanced download speeds up to 150 Mbps. Hotspots feature advanced LTE technology and multiband support and OLED display with unique icons and text panel that provide easy-to-recognize device status to customers. Pocket-sized and semi-rugged design provides for easy mobility.