The Redwood Falls Public Library has announced a new offering, mobile Internet hot-spots.

A mobile Internet hotspot uses cellular access to create a WiFi connection, allowing people to connect to the Internet where there is not typically strong, or any, WiFi access.

“We are excited to be able to help everyone access the Internet,” said Teri Smith, library director. “COVID-19 has made us very aware of the digital divide, and we want to help close that gap.” 

The Minnesota State Library, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, created a connectivity grant for libraries across the state, dividing the money with a formula that included the number of people who currently have access, as well as the available speed of Internet connectivity in each of the state’s 12 regional libraries.

Plum Creek was awarded $8,900, which partially used federal funding for the grant.

The Redwood Falls library received six hotspots with connectivity paid for one year.

Hotspots can be checked out by any adult library card holder in good standing. They may not be placed on hold, but are available on a first come, first served basis.

Since they are a limited resource, they are checked out for only one week and cannot be renewed.

For additional information, contact the Redwood Falls Public Library at (507) 616-7420.