City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
“The pandemic has demonstrated how important digital access is as so many of us have transitioned to school and work online. This program helps directly address the digital divide in Long Beach and supports the day-to-day technology needs of our students and residents,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Our public libraries are such an important resource to help bridge the gap, and we are proud to be able to make these kinds of services a priority in our city.”
In addition to offering Chromebook computers, new, full-access MiFi hotspots are now available as part of the program. The devices are geared toward students, but can be used by non-students for job searching, career development, research projects, skill building, entertainment, social media and more.
The MiFis are available for check-out at all 10 open libraries and through LBPL To-Go at the El Dorado Neighborhood Library, 2900 N. Studebaker Rd. Library cardholders 18 years and older can schedule requests for devices online or by calling 562.570.7500 Tuesdays through Fridays during regular business hours. People can apply for a library card free of charge. Devices may be loaned for two weeks at a time. Parents or guardians must use their library card to borrow the devices for youth who are younger than 18 years old.
“This is a great addition to the LBPL Tech To-Go program which was always intended to serve adults as well as students,” said Long Beach Public Library Director Glenda Williams. “We aim to constantly grow and adapt to the changing needs of Long Beach residents.”
The new MiFis are made possible through a partnership with the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian and the Southern California Library Cooperative.
Long Beach remains committed to advancing digital inclusion and providing equitable access and use of digital literacy training, the internet, technology devices and other digital inclusion resources regardless of background, neighborhood or identity. Through the City’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, more than 1,000 hotspots and 1,500 computing devices have been distributed to qualified, low-income residents.