Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has officially launched free wireless Internet access at each of its 34 libraries. Wi-Fi is available to any Atlanta-Fulton Public Library user with a Wi-Fi enabled laptop, PDA or Wi-Fi-ready gaming device.
“The new wireless service is another integral way that the library provides ways for our patrons to connect to the online world,” said John F. Szabo, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Director. “By transforming our libraries into Wi-Fi hotspots for the community, we add additional ways for visitors to access the library catalogs and various databases, and it frees up more of our desktop computers for those who do not have laptops.”
“An informed public is an empowered public,” said John Eaves, chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. “Installing WiFi in our libraries will allow people free and easy access to information. This is critical not only for nurturing the minds of our young people and senior citizens, but it has the added effect of growing our economy by aiding in the development of productive citizens who are ready for the jobs of the future.”
“The new wireless network will bring immediate benefits to the library system, while serving as a platform for future applications in the years ahead. The net result is an ultra-modern, affordable wireless network that will serve AFPLS and its patrons for years to come!” said Ryan Fernandes, CIO/Director of Fulton County’s Department of Information Technology.
Wi-Fi allows users to connect to the Internet at no cost to them with their own technology devices, giving patrons the freedom to be comfortable anywhere in their library while reading, perform research or other activities utilizing the web. Wireless is available during each branch’s regular operating hours and will turn off 15 minutes before the branch’s scheduled closing time. For more information, please go to www.afpls.org.