2.6.2017

Old Bridge, NJ – Feb. 6, 2017 — In an effort to increase access to its digital resources, the Old Bridge Public Library is pleased to announce the availability of free mobile WiFi hot spots. This will allow patrons who do not currently have WiFi in their homes to conveniently utilize the Library’s numerous online resources on their personal computers and electronic devices. Old Bridge is the first library in the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC) to offer this service.

A limited number of hot spots will be available for loan in this pilot program. Old Bridge Library adult card holders in good standing (i.e. accounts not blocked due to unpaid fines or fees) will be eligible to check out the hot spots for a three-week period. Parents and guardians may borrow one for children under 18. Hot spot checkout is limited to one per household, and hot spots cannot be renewed or reserved.

The Library currently offers myriad digital resources, including Tutor.com, Lynda.com, HeritageQuest, Hoopla and Lumos Step-up learning. Patrons will also be able to easily download books, audiobooks and movies as well as have access to the Library’s numerous databases.

“We believe these hot spots will be particularly helpful for job seekers and students doing homework, since they will be able to get online without having to come into the Library,” noted Library Director Nancy Cohen. “The hot spots can also be used when patrons are traveling, allowing them online access without using data or paying expensive fees.”

The devices will be available starting in February at the Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Each hot spot comes with a charger, user guide and policy guidelines. Further details can be found at the Library’s web site at www.oldbridgelibrary.org.

The Old Bridge Public Library was recently voted one of the three Best Public Libraries in Middlesex County by the readers of the Home News Tribune. The Library is open seven-days-a-week and is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Rt. 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. More information about this and other Library programs can be found at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. The satellite Laurence Harbor branch is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; phone: 732-566-2227.

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