It’s been two weeks since Riverside Regional Library started offering portable Wi-Fi hotspots for the public to check out, and the service has already proven itself to be a valuable asset to the community. The library currently has five hotspots that are in circulation, which were bought with general operating funds through partnered nonprofits, TechSoup and Mobile Beacon.
Riverside Regional Library Director, Jeff Trinkle said the nontraditional service is becoming common in a number of libraries throughout the state. Last year, the Cape Girardeau Public library bought five hotspots from TechSoup. At the time, there were nearly 60 people on a waiting list to check out the hotspots.
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