Library Laptops Now on Loan

For Immediate Release: July 11, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org


Library Laptops Now on Loan

Tech’d Out: Leave the library with a laptop

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San Francisco, CA — San Francisco Public Library is thrilled to offer laptops equipped with mobile wireless data hotspots (mifi) that patrons can check out and take home. Tech’d Out is a new six-month pilot program that allows borrowers to check out laptops and mobile hotspots, putting useful tools into the hands of library users who need them most.

“The world we live in requires connectivity,” Main Library 1st Floor Manager Bill Kolb says. “More often than not, if you’re applying for a job, looking up film show times or doing your taxes, you need to be connected to the internet. Tech’d Out provides patrons with direct and mobile access, working to bridge the digital divide for the many folks in San Francisco who still don’t have access to high-speed internet.”

Thirty-two electronic bundles, consisting of an HP laptop and mobile hotspot, are available for checkout for three weeks at the Main Library and Ocean View, Bayview and Visitacion Valley branches. The locations were chosen due to their proximity to underserved populations, with potential plans to grow the program in the next couple of years.

At the Main Library and its 28 branches, 5,638 people access the Wi-Fi network daily. Patrons logged 306,186 hours at the Library’s public computers over the past six months. The service is a lifeline for many people who spend hours every day on library computers accessing emails, finishing homework and applying for jobs.

Visit sfpl.org/techdout for more information.