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Redwood City Public Library Launches Wi-Fi Hotspot Checkout at Select Locations

Post Date:10/30/2017 2:41 PM
October 30, 2017
Media Contact:
Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office
Redwood City Public Library Launches Wi-Fi Hotspot Checkout at Select Locations
Downtown Library and Fair Oaks Branch Library offer personal Wi-Fi devices to connect the community to the internet

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.-- In an effort to build upon existing programs offered by the Redwood City Public Library that seek to bridge the digital divide in the community, the Downtown Library and the Fair Oaks Branch Library recently began offering Wi-Fi hotspots for checkout.


Funded by Redwood City Public Library partners including the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Bothin Foundation, Equinix and the Redwood City Library Foundation, 80 devices are offered between the Downtown Library and the Fair Oaks Branch Library. One hotspot per family connects up to 15 devices and can be checked out with a Peninsula Library System card. The Wi-Fi hotspots checkout for three weeks at a time.


The Redwood City Public Library offers a number of programs to connect the community to the internet and learn to use a computer. TheFair Oaks Branch Library offers iPads for checkout for home use. The iPads come pre-loaded educational apps recommended by the Redwood City School District for students in pre-school through second grade.Community members can use their library card to checkout the iPads at no charge. The iPads are fully functional and no internet access is required.Devices checkout for three weeks.


For community members needing computer help or access to a computer, all branches feature computers that offer access to the internet, online databases and library resources, the library catalog, and Microsoft Office. All Redwood City Libraries also offer free wireless internet access for people who prefer to use their own devices. Those needing help with eBooks or have technology questions can bring their own devices and drop by the Small Meeting Room at the Downtown Library, where instructors are on hand to assist with technology questions, Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. A reservation is not required. Additionally, appointments can be made with technology volunteers for further assistance. Other digital events and programs that seek to help bridge the digital divide include Sunday Coding Club for Kids, Project READ's Tinker Lab, and virtual reality programming in the Teen Center.


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About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 85,992 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience.For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at, or follow Redwood City onTwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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