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