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Thursday, December 14, 2017

St. Louis Libraries to Offer Free WiFi Hotspots To Go

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 8:16 AM

click to enlarge St. Louis' Central Library isn't just gorgeous; it's also useful. - NAGEL PHOTOGRAPHY/SHUTTERSTOCK
  • NAGEL PHOTOGRAPHY/SHUTTERSTOCK
  • St. Louis' Central Library isn't just gorgeous; it's also useful.
As if St. Louis' public library systems weren't already the bomb, they've now got an even sweeter offering for patrons: free WiFi hotspots.

The St. Louis County and St. Louis city systems have purchased 30 of the devices, the Post-Dispatch reports, and they'll be making them available to patrons for take-home use. Beginning Friday, you can check out the device just like you would a book — and then, using any WiFi enabled device of your own (smartphone, tablet, laptop), connect to the Internet for unlimited free browsing. As long as you're not miles and miles from a cell phone tower, speedy Internet should be yours.



And here's the really crazy part: You can keep them for weeks on end.

As the Post-Dispatch reports, county patrons get borrowing rights for two weeks, while city patrons get three weeks (again, just like a book). You can even renew them after that — although the library will cut off service if you fail to do so.

So: Say goodbye to your ludicrously spotty U-Verse service and say hello to a new hotspot courtesy of the library!

There's only one catch to this amazing offering: Did we mention there are only 60 of these devices total, in the city and county combined? How many patrons do you think plan to bring them back after just a few days of use when they could keep using them for six glorious weeks?

In other words, if you thought you spent a long time on the waiting list for new John Green book, just wait til you see the demand for these babies!

We welcomes tips and feedback. Email the author at sarah.fenske@riverfronttimes.com


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