New York, Queens, and Brooklyn Libraries Partnership


Free WiFi Wireless Hotspots through Public Libraries!

Update: Only 2,000 left citywide! Please check availability at the library nearest you before sending families! 

What is this partnership?

With the Public Library systems of NYC (NY, Queens, Brooklyn), Community Schools are distributing up to 5,000 wireless hotspots. These devices provide FREE internet, and are perfect for connecting families who don't have access at home.  Families can "check out" a WiFi hotspot from their local library to keep for the entire school year.

The program is open to parents and caregivers with public library cards who:

  • Are at least 18 years old and support a child in a New York City public school (students                who are 18 may borrow on their own)
  • Have no household Internet access at the time of sign-up;
  • Have a valid adult library card with less than $15 fines in fines

To find out more, you can visit the library system in your borough:



How do I connect my families to these hotspots?

There are 75+ libraries participating throughout NYC with hotspots available for distribution.

Update: Only 2,000 left citywide! Please check availability at the library nearest you before sending families! 


WHERE: 

Here is a map of libraries and schools - very handy for finding the locations near you.


WHEN:


Families are not limited to events near their school - they can attend any event in any borough.  

  • If you are attending a Queens Library: Walk- ins ONLY. Registration not required. 
  • If you are attending a Brooklyn or New York Library: Here is the Library Event Schedule.

Please note that registration is required to attend a WiFi hotspot lending event. Since this is only open to families who lack internet access at home, we encourage parents or caregivers to register at their local public library, or to check in with the Community School Director at their school for support.  



Additional Support Materials for Schools:

We’ve already prepared translated outreach announcements for families that are ready for you to send home.  


Libraries have also created flyers to help advertise this project: