WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The James V. Brown Library is helping provide high-speed internet access to all residents in the greater Williamsport area by letting patrons check out wireless WiFi hotspots that can connect to the internet from just about anywhere.

Adult patrons with a library account in good standing can borrow a WiFi hotspot device for $3 per day. Patrons can borrow for up two weeks before renewing and there is a $3 per day late fee.

Each device comes with a travel case that includes instructions on how to use the device and ways to access online resources such as ebook, e-audiobook and streaming services through hoopla and Libby.

The devices connect to the T-Mobile network and create a WiFi network when turned on, allowing users to connect via their mobile phone, tablet or computer. At this time, there are nine hotspots available.

Hotspots returned damaged or not returned after 30 days will be assumed lost and charged the replacement cost of $50.

The Internet service provider for the hotspot program does not monitor or track the websites that hotspot users visit or the information that users submit (user names, passwords, credit card information, etc.). The library also does not collect website usage other than total time and data used.

This is one of the many ways the library supports the PA Forward Initiative by providing information literacy opportunities for learning. When Pennsylvania residents know how to use current technology to improve their education and enhance their skills, they can fully participate in a digital society.

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and holds pick up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. To place a hold, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. The library also is open for public computer usage and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available. The James V. Brown Library is the 2021 PA Library of the Year.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.