San Pablo Library to expand WiFi hotspot lending in city-county partnership

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San Pablo Library is located at, 13751 San Pablo Ave. (Photo credit: Pineapple Creative)

San Pablo Library will be able to lend an additional 50 WiFi hotspot devices to patrons in a cost-sharing partnership with the County.

On Tuesday, June 22, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved a 50/50 cost share agreement between the City and County for the purchase of the hotspots at a cost of $19,000. The price also includes monthly data and protective cases for each device for a period of one year.

The Contra Costa County Library Services Wi-Fi Hot Spot Device Lending Program launched in February 2021 and has proven to be successful in providing internet access to families and library patrons who don’t have a connection at home. A small number of hotspots are dedicated to branches, and San Pablo wanted to expand the program to purchase additional hotspots.