Dallas Library card holders can take internet home with new hotspot lending program

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The Dallas Public Library is making it possible for more Dallas homes to have internet access by having mobile hotspots available for check out at 10 branches starting March 2.

Meanwhile, a grant from the 1Million Project Foundation is providing mobile internet access for about 5,000 Dallas ISD high school students.

The new DPL program will provide 900 mobile hotspots at the identified library locations to give residents the opportunity to access online resources for up to 30 days at home. More than 42 percent of Dallas residents do not have a fixed internet connection in their home, according to the 2016 American Communities Survey.

Beginning Feb. 20, hotspots can be placed on request just like a library book and it must be checked out at the designated location. Hotspots must be checked out in-person with no option to renew at one of the Dallas Public Library locations listed below.

Hotspots are available at the following branches:

  • Skyline Branch
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Branch Prairie Creek Branch
  • Dallas West Branch
  • Martin Luther King Branch
  • Highland Hills Branch
  • Arcadia Park Branch
  • Bachman Lake Branch
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Branch
  • Polk Wisdom Branch

Dallas City Council approved the purchase of the hotspots during the budget adoption process in September.

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