Library is working to narrow the digital divide and provide equitable access to technology
CHARLESTON, SC – Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is lending out 90 Google Chromebooks at nine library branches throughout Charleston County in an effort to give patrons equitable access to technology. Earlier this month, 90 Kajeet mobile Wi-Fi hotspots were also made available for checkout.
The Chromebooks and Kajeet hotspots are part of an overall effort by CCPL to expand digital and technological access and provide technical support services.
Beginning today, advanced holds can be placed on the Chromebooks online at ccpl.org or by calling one of the participating branches. The Chromebooks will be available for pickup beginning on Thursday, Oct. 1 from the following branches:
Baxter-Patrick James Island – 1858 S. Grimball Rd., Charleston
Cooper River Memorial – 3502 Rivers Ave., Charleston
Dorchester Road – 6325 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston
John L. Dart – 1067 King Street, Charleston
Main - 68 Calhoun St, Charleston
Mt. Pleasant Regional – 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mt. Pleasant
St. Paul’s/Hollywood – 5130 Hwy 165, Hollywood
Wando Mount Pleasant – 1400 Carolina Park Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
West Ashley – 45 Windermere Blvd., Charleston
“Many members of our community lack access to broadband Internet or devices, putting them at a disadvantage. Libraries are built upon accessibility, so it is our job to narrow the gap in the digital divide that exists in our community,” said CCPL Executive Director Angela Craig.
All Chromebooks may be checked out by adult library cardholders for a period of four weeks (28 days) and are not renewable. To check out a Chromebook, adult patrons must have a CCPL library card and sign a Borrower Agreement form at a CCPL branch when checking out the device.
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