Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Google Announce Wi-Fi Hotspot and Laptop Lending and Training Program
Today, Google and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh announced the creation of a Wi-Fi hotspot and laptop Lending and Training Program. Supported through Grow with Google, the tech company’s initiative to help create economic opportunities for all Americans, this project will provide individuals with the opportunity to borrow Wi-Fi devices and/or laptops through their local Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location.
Carnegie Library President and Director Mary Frances Cooper and Google’s Stephen Brokaw were joined by Congressman Mike Doyle, State Senator Jay Costa and City Councilwoman Erika Strassburger.
“Connectivity is a key resource for millions of Americans who lack reliable access to the Internet,” said Carnegie Library President and Director Mary Frances Cooper. “Families who lack a connection or who are under-connected increasingly turn to their local libraries, so the services we provide have become a critical resource for computer and Internet access.”
“The web is a powerful tool to find new opportunities to learn new skills, to find a job, to grow your business and so much more, ” said Grow with Google’s Stephen Brokaw. “Grow with Google is excited to partner with the Carnegie Library on such an important service for so many Americans who need reliable access to the web.”
“For many Allegheny County residents who are looking to learn digital skill and for new job opportunities, the Carnegie Library has always been a starting point and today that is greatly enhanced with the ability to borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot and laptop,” stated County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “We look forward to working with Google about ways to expand these offerings throughout the county.”
Wi-Fi hotspots and laptops will be available in all 19 library branches. Pittsburghers can borrow the equipment for periods of either 7 or 21 days depending on the device. They are not available for renewal. Participants must be library members and at least 18 years of age.
Google launched the Grow with Google initiative in Pittsburgh with Google CEO Sundar Pichai in 2017. The initiative aims to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.