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.