Phoenix Public Library To Get More Laptops, Wi-Fi Hotspots For Students

Published: Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 1:17pm
Updated: Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 4:00pm

Phoenix will double the number of laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots available for people to check out from the library.

Funding for the expansion comes from an $850,000 grant from Arizona’s Department of Education through federal relief funds.

Phoenix will buy another 425 laptops and 200 Wi-Fi hotspots, which provide internet access to students who don’t have a connection at home.

Councilwoman Ann O’Brien says the devices will be earmarked for College Depot, a full-service access center located at Burton Barr Central Library that offers support for people to earn GEDs and apprenticeships and apply for college.

“I’m a firm believer that education is the gateway to a better, more prosperous future,” she said.

Mayor Kate Gallego said guiding students through the process — especially financial aid forms is valuable.

“We know from data from ASU Helios and others that helping students apply and complete the FAFSA is a huge indicator of college going,” she said.

College Depot staff will identify students who need devices for full semesters. Earlier this year, Phoenix Public Library launched a program to lend laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots to customers for three-week periods.

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