Need one Laptop? One can be borrowed from the Shadle Park Library

Need one Laptop?  One can be borrowed from the Shadle Park Library

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  • Thus far, the kiosk has been used 21 times, according to library spokesperson Amanda Donovan, but that number is expected to increase. “We’ve gotten nationwide attention for the addition of this service. Internet and computer access is not something that everyone has readily available. In-branch laptop checkout is just one more way we can put technology in the hands of our community,” Donovan wrote in an email to The Spokesman-Review. The Shadle Park Library is the only one in the city with such a kiosk, but it could be a service expanded to other locations if it gains popularity.

  • For individuals without a device to connect to, a Wi-Fi signal is useless. A new kiosk at the Shadle Park branch of the Spokane Public Library hopes to help bridge that gap. The kiosk has 12 laptops that can be rented for 90 minutes by anybody with a Spokane Public Library card without the need for help from a staff member. The laptop must be returned to the kiosk after 90 minutes to be recharged. The computer’s history and files are wiped clean once it’s returned, allowing each new user to start fresh. Don’t try to take the laptop home with you; it can only be used in the library. The kiosk is just one of the many new features at the show.

The service fits in neatly with the library’s broader effort to modernize its amenities, placing a greater emphasis on meeting space. It’s also keeping its branches open with “self-service” hours, in which patrons can access automatic services with limited staff. The Shadle Park Library building’s upgrade was one of many supported by the $77 million bond approved by Spokane voters in support of the city’s library system in 2018.

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