Parkland Regional Library System has partnered with TELUS and is proud to launch the Library Smart Hubs lending program.
Twenty-eight Smart Hubs, donated by TELUS, have been added to the Parkland collection in addition to the other materials patrons can borrow from our libraries.
Smart Hubs are devices that allow users to connect to the internet freely.
You simply plug the device into an electrical outlet, log in to the Wi-Fi network, and use the internet on your personal device.
The need for affordable, reliable, internet access has only been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual interactions are now a necessity for connecting with friends and family, performing job interviews, working from home, and much more.
Additionally, the digital divide has become more obvious not only for those who know how to use technologies, but also for those who have access to technology.
Parkland libraries provide unlimited internet access to all Parkland residents and educate the public on new technologies and resources.
Ron Sheppard, the Director of Parkland said “This program is an example of how libraries have adapted to the digital age and to the pandemic. Libraries have grown and are as unique and versatile as the communities we serve.”
The Library Smart Hubs will circulate across the region so that everyone can access the service.
Patrons from all walks of life will be able to use these devices so long as they have cell phone reception.
The Library Smart Hubs can be checked out at any Parkland library.
Each device can be put on hold and checked out for a period of one week.