GCPL has launched Connect Gwinnett, a new and innovative initiative that will allow customers to check out WiFi hotspots from the library. The program helps expand the library’s efforts to increase access to technology and information throughout Gwinnett County.

Customers can now checkout a Connect Gwinnett WiFi kit, which includes a T-Mobile 4G LTE wireless hotspot, usb cable, and wall charger.

Each kit requires a Full Access or Branch Out library card and may be checked out for three weeks at a time. The hotspots do not renew.

“The WiFi hotspot lending program is part of GCPL’s effort to bridge the digital divide in Gwinnett County,” says GCPL Executive Director Charles Pace. “Up to 30 percent of households in the County do not have access to the internet at home and this is one step towards creating a more equitable distribution of online resources in our community.”

“High-speed, reliable broadband is a necessity, not a luxury,” says GCPL Director of Customer Experience Michael Casey. “This is about helping a student access the online resources she needs to get the grades required to attend college, and giving an entrepreneur the connectivity he requires to develop his business plan to bring new, high-tech jobs to Gwinnett.”

“T-Mobile is committed to connecting the local community,” says T-Mobile representative James Maleiko. “The internet hotspot check out program allows mobile internet service to be checked out the same way a book or DVD is checked out. I am personally very excited to partner with Gwinnett County Library System on such an important community initiative.”

For more information about Connect Gwinnett, visit www.gwinnettpl.org/connect.