YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – You can now check out the internet from the public libraries of Youngstown and Mahoning County.
Wi-Fi hotspots are available for library members to take home for free. Each hotspot can be checked out for one week at a time.
Right now, there are about 30 of the hotspots available. But there are more on the way.
“We had heard stories of kids being assigned Chromebooks or iPads or laptops at school,” said Heidi Daniel, executive director of the public libraries, “And then getting home at night and not really being able to connect to them because they did not have any internet in their home.”
Daniel said the heaviest demand for the take-home internet devices has been at the Newport and Main libraries.
The hotspots can be checked out by anyone with a library card. But they do turn off after one week and have to be brought back to be reactivated.