A Sudden Proliferation Of Wireless Libraries
Two Oahu libraries have had it so far. Now everyone’s got it.
As of April 2, the Hawaii Kai, Aina Haina, Kaimuki and WaikikiKapahulu libraries, as well as nearly all of Hawaii’s public branches, were equipped with free wireless Internet service for their e-patrons. Visitors with laptops, smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other mobile devices can now access the Internet in the public service areas of the neighborhood libraries (except Manoa, for the time being).
“Our patrons will be very excited to know we have expanded our free wi-fi service from two Oahu libraries – Kaneohe and Salt Lake-Moanalua – to nearly all 50 libraries statewide,” said state librarian Richard Burns. He said that the expansion comes as a result of a Hawaii’s Access for All grant and equipment, with a host of matching fund sources, including the Friends of the Library of Hawaii.
Patrons must have a valid library card and PIN number, and bring their own headphones. Printing, however, is not available.