Now, adults and kids can bring their laptops to Pierce County Library System’s 17 libraries and hook up to the Internet-for free.
Pierce County Library System started offering Wi-Fi in its branches a year ago, as a pilot project. The pilot took off with great enthusiasm from people of all ages visiting the libraries.
“With the great response from people in the pilot test, we expanded free Wi-Fi to all of our branches throughout Pierce County,” said Neel Parikh, director of Pierce County Library System. “This contemporary service has reduced the demands and often long lines for people to use hardwired computers in the libraries.”
Anyone who has a laptop with a current wireless card, an Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, can access the Library System’s wireless Internet when they visit a library branch, during the hours that the branches are open.
“Wi-Fi is a significant component to offer up-to-date services, however it is not the only solution,” said Parikh. “For one thing, certainly not everyone has a computer in their home or a laptop. That’s why access to computers in the libraries is so important in Pierce County Library System’s mission to serve all people of our community.”
Parikh pointed out that free Wi-Fi is a great service for some people. Meanwhile, the Library System is still on track to add 100 computers with Internet access in its branches this year.
Improved technology services is part of the re-authorized levy voters passed in September 2006, and more computers will help get even more people connected at Pierce County Library.