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Public libraries top public Wi-Fi spot for African Americans, Latinos

Patrons using Wi-Fi at the MLK Digital Commons in Washington D.C.

A first-of-its-kind survey (pdf) finds that public libraries are the most common public Wi-Fi access point for African Americans and Latinos—with roughly one-third of these communities using public library Wi-Fi. This is true for 23 percent of white people, who list school as their top public Wi-Fi spot. The study of Wi-Fi usage patterns by John Horrigan and Jason Llorenz ... Read More »

ALA joins WifiForward initiative

Ten years ago, only about 18 percent of public libraries offered free public access to Wi-Fi. Now it’s nearly ubiquitous in communities of all sizes. Wireless access not only enables our library patrons to bring their own devices to access the internet and digital content (sometimes from our sidewalks and parking lots), but it also enables libraries to improve and ... Read More »