Houston libraries offer free wireless Internet

Harris County Public Library has been offering free wireless Internet access for a while. Now, the Houston Public Library has it too, at all library locations. This means that any library in the greater Houston area can get you logged on, for free:

Free Wireless Internet Access Now Available at the Houston Public Library

Houston – The Houston Public Library now offers customers free wireless Internet access at all of its 36 neighborhood library locations. Access is also available at the HPL Express Downtown in the Julia Ideson Building and the Clayton Library, Center for Genealogical Research located in the museum district. Customers can access the Internet with their wireless-ready laptop or PDAs. They can access the library’s electronic resources and have materials available at their fingertips. If they do not own a laptop, some neighborhood libraries have wireless-enabled laptops for customers to check out for use within the library. Customers can find the neighborhood library location near them by calling 832-393-1313 or by visiting www.houstonlibrary.org.

Director of Libraries Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson said, “The Houston Public Library is pleased to offer free wireless Internet access to all its customers. Wireless service helps our customers have equitable access to information. In today’s world, global communication is important. It makes a difference in peoples lives. The Library is embracing changes in innovative technology in response to our customers needs and as one more of its exceptional services. We also want to make sure everyone in our community has access to the necessary technology for his or her personal and professional growth.”

“We want to provide our customers with the best technology and the services they require to be productive in our library,” said Roosevelt Weeks, assistant director of information technology at the Houston Public Library.

To access the free wireless Internet service, customers will need a Houston Public Library Power Card in good standing to be able to check out a laptop for 2 hours at a time. Instructions on how to enable the wireless access on the equipment are also available at the library. In addition, the staff have been trained to provide some support in using the service or can connect you with the library’s IT helpdesk for advanced technical assistance. For more information, please call the Houston Public Library at 832.393.1313 or visit www.houstonlibrary.org.

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