Library offers laptops, mobile hotspots, and printing service

August 11, 2020 in

Josephine Community Library has expanded service to include the lending of six refurbished laptops and 10 new US Cellular mobile hotspots in an effort to aid community members who may not have access to a computer or Internet at home while library facilities are restricted.

“We are getting a lot of feedback from patrons who now need multiple devices in their homes so that their children can do schoolwork while parents work from home,” said Public Services Director Norma Singer. “It can also be difficult to fill out digital documents like unemployment claims and health insurance forms from a cell phone. We are hoping this alleviates some of that stress for our patrons.”

Laptops and mobile hotspots are part of the Library of Things and can be requested through the library’s online catalog, accessible through josephinelibrary.org or over the phone by calling
541-476-0571. Items can be picked up at the preferred branch in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, or Wolf Creek during curbside hours on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm.

Printing service is also being offered at all four branches.  Patrons can email documents to info@josephinelibrary.org for black-and-white printing and library staff will alert them when documents are ready for pick-up. There is currently no fee for this service, but patrons are asked to limit pages to 10 per week.

While library facilities are restricted due to public health concerns, the following alternative services are available from all branches: curbside pick-up on Fridays and Saturdays, free instant online library cards to access ebooks and audiobooks, virtual Summer Reading Program with recommended reading and activities for all ages, JosephineLINK community database, and more.

Library phone lines and email are open for tech support at all four branches in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek during regular service hours.

For more information, email info@josephinelibrary.org or call 541-476-0571.

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