New York, Queens, and Brooklyn Libraries Partnership

Free WiFi Wireless Hotspots through Public Libraries!

Update: ALL Hotspots are to be returned by July 15th to your local library. Please notify families of this deadline. Having devices be returned ensures that we have a surplus for next year's program! 

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: ALL Hotspots have been lended for this year. Please call the library before visiting to ask if they have any returned hotspots available for lending. 


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


All libraries will be lending hotspots to walk-ins ONLY. Families can head to a library near them to check out a hotspot. Please note that all WiFi hotspots have been loaned out for the SY 2017-18. Please call the library before visiting to ask if they have had any early returns available for check-out.


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: