Richmond Public Library launches laptop lending program


The Richmond Public Library announced that it is expanding its mobile device lending services to include Windows 10 laptops.

The program aims to address the digital divide by connecting residents to library resources including Brainfuse HelpNow (online homework help and tutoring service), tax filing services, benefits claims such as unemployment, or staying connected with family and friends through email and social media.

“The Richmond Public Library is keenly aware of the digital divide in our community,” says Jane Pratt, Interim Library Director at the Richmond Public Library. “The pandemic made it extremely hard to offer internet access to those who didn’t already have computers at the same time that in-person services were curtailed; this is an important step toward filling that need.”

The laptop lending service will be paired to library WiFi hotspots for high-speed internet access and includes access to Microsoft Office Standard 2019.

Adults with a library card in good standing can borrow a device after filling out a Mobile Device Lending Agreement.

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