Mobile hot spots are currently available for free loan to library cardholders at a number of Queens Library locations. The devices, which are smaller than most cell phones, provide internet access to any wifi-enabled device almost anywhere.
The program is open to all library cardholders, and first-time borrowers will be asked to show photo ID and fill out a borrower’s agreement. The hot spots will be available for one-month loan periods, with three renewals possible.
Currently, the hot spots are available for loan at the following Queens Library locations:
Central, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica
Queens Library at Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Avenue
Queens Library at Forest Hills, 108-19 71st Avenue
Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street (Dec. 5)
Queens Library at Jackson Heights, 35-51 81st Street (Dec. 12)
A donation by Google of $1 million, along with a $500,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Robin Hood Foundation, has made this program possible. In addition to the hot spots, the grants paid for the purchase of Google tablets, which are also available for free loan from the aforementioned library locations.
By Forum Staff