GRAND RAPIDS (February 9, 2021) The Grand Rapids Public Library is launching a Hotspot Lending Program for GRPL cardholders. The program provides free, unlimited internet access to easily get online using a Wi-Fi-enabled device such as a phone, tablet or laptop. The hotspot allows up to 15 devices to be connected to it at the same time.


“Access to reliable internet service is a struggle for many,” remarked GRPL Director John McNaughton. “Our goal with this program is to bridge the growing technology gap that has come into focus as more people work and learn from home.”


Hotspots are available at all GRPL locations and circulate for 21 days. Patrons can place holds on hotspots and can renew the check out if there are not any holds on it. When picking up a hotspot, patrons must be 18 or older, have a valid GRPL library card, and show a current photo ID with proof of address. 


The Hotspot Lending Program is funded by a grant from the Wege Foundation. To learn more, visit or call 616.988.5400. The Grand Rapids Public Library inspires opportunity, connection, and innovation. 


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