“So many of us take our connectivity for granted,” said Marx, the NYPL president. He said NYPL employees regularly find people outside its various libraries surfing the ‘Net on the free Wi-Fi. “They have no other option. Without the Internet, they can’t do homework. They can’t pay bills. They can’t apply for jobs. In our increasingly online world, this is unacceptable,”
"The Library Hotspot program – also offered by the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library — was announced last year. It’s funded with a $1 million donation from Google, a $500,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Open Society Foundations, and Robin Hood Foundation. The city’s three library systems aim to lend 10,000 devices to New Yorkers by the end of the year."