San Pablo Library WiFi hotspot lending expansion launches next week

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San Pablo Library is located at, 13751 San Pablo Ave. (Photo credit: Pineapple Creative)
The San Pablo Library announced today that it will begin offering additional mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for checkout starting Friday, Aug. 13.

The Library was set to receive 50 additional hotspots as part of a 50/50 cost share agreement between the Contra Costa County and the City of San Pablo. The Board of Supervisors approved the agreement on June 22 at a cost of $19,000, which includes monthly data and protective cases for each device for a period of one year.

Library patrons can check out the hotspots for free for three-week periods.

The Contra Costa County Library Services Wi-Fi Hot Spot Device Lending Program launched in February 2021 and provides 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.