RICHARDSON – There is something new and exciting at the Richardson Public Library allowing people to visit foreign lands, meet historic figures and connect with loved ones, and all you need is a library card to access the facility’s new laptop kiosk.

The new laptop kiosk located on the second floor was installed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It holds a total of 30 laptop computers, available for people to check out an hour a day. The kiosk helps visitors practice social distancing.

“Not everyone has a computer at home, or they don’t have wi-fi access, or internet access. So, the kiosk provides people a safe place to come, do their business or study for class, and they can also check out a book while they are here too,” said Jennifer Davidson, Director of Library Services.

To accommodate the new technology, the library added wireless access points to increase the wi-fi signal throughout the building. That means, the laptops can used anywhere in the building. The laptops have all the features of a desktop including internet access and printing capability. The laptops will be cleaned regularly by staff and fully charged for people to use.

In addition to the laptops, the library plans to keep three desktop computers active in the lab.

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