Gwinnett libraries will soon offer Wi-Fi hot spots for three-week check out periods.
Photo: Gwinnett County Public Library
Photo: Gwinnett County Public Library

Get free Wi-Fi at home with new Gwinnett library program

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. 

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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.”

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