PATERSON, NJ – The Paterson Free Public Library’s hotspot lending program continues to help ensure that local families have access to critical online information at home, even if they don’t currently have internet access.

The Library’s Pilot program, initially launched in August, allows families to check out hotspots from library branches, expanding free internet access to patrons and helping close the digital divide in the city of Paterson.

“Paterson Free Public Library is committed to addressing digital divide and securing resources to allow residents to have equal access to technology,” said Corey Fleming, Director, Paterson Free Public Library. “The hotspot lending program is a vital service in bridging the digital gap currently existing in Paterson.”

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, the Library currently has 100 devices available to be loaned to library cardholders for 14 days at a time.

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