The Gwinnett County Public Library is making it easier to get Wi-Fi in your home for free — for three weeks at a time.
The library system is launching the Connect Gwinnett program on Monday. Library patrons with a “Full Access” or “Branch Out” card will be able to check out a Wi-Fi hot spot, along with a USB cable and wall charger for up to three weeks.
The hot spot connects to T-Mobile’s 4G LTE system — the same one used by cell phones — to bring Wi-Fi to virtually any location. The hot spots cannot be renewed at the end of the three weeks; you must return it and wait for it to become available again if you want to check it out another time.
The program is intended to provide Wi-Fi to homes in Gwinnett County that don’t have access to it normally, the library system’s executive director said.
“The Wi-Fi hot spot lending program is part of GCPL's effort to bridge the digital divide in Gwinnett County,” said Charles Pace in a release. “Up to 30 percent of households in the county do not have access to the internet at home and this is one step towards creating a more equitable distribution of online resources in our community.”