About the Project


Imagine walking into almost any public library in South Jersey and finding a free high-speed wireless Internet connection available for your use. This vision is now a reality.

The South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative (SJRLC) announced today the availability of free high-speed wireless Internet “hotspots” at 60 library locations across South Jersey, with additional locations offering wireless access soon. Funding for the wireless hotspots was provided by the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative and the New Jersey State Library, an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College.

“This is a major benefit for South Jersey residents,” said Karen Hyman, Executive Director of SJRLC. “Free wireless Internet access can assist business professionals, students, travelers, or anyone else who needs to do research, transfer files, or simply access their email.” “We’re very excited about being able to offer this service to the public.” says State Librarian Norma Blake. “You can just walk into the library, open up your laptop and begin surfing the Web. It’s a natural fit with public libraries’ mission of providing access to information.”

Unlike wireless networks found in many coffee shops, airports and hotels, there is no charge to access any of the libraries’ hotspots. To take advantage of a library’s wireless hotspot, a customer only needs a laptop or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) that has wireless connectivity. Most laptops and PDAs are now shipped with wireless functionality built in, while others can easily add wireless capability by using an inexpensive adapter.

While libraries will continue to offer Internet access at library computers, the wireless networks will also allow customers to use their own laptops to access high speed Internet in the library -- very convenient for those who have their business documents, research, schoolwork, and email account settings saved on their own computers.

“The Internet has so much to offer in terms of education, research, and exploration, yet not every one has high-speed access at home,” states Peter Bromberg, Program Development Coordinator at SJRLC. “Providing free high-speed access for the general public helps create an environment that stimulates imagination, innovation, and learning.”

As portable computing devices like the laptops and PDAs increase in popularity, the demand for wireless has become more common and library customers have already begun to express their appreciation. “I received a call from a customer last week who found our information on the Web,” says Bromberg. “He does business around South Jersey, and he was thrilled that he could use his PDA to access the Internet in so many locations.” Another customer said, “Priceless, I mean it.  To have wireless Internet access is beautiful. Who ever made it possible, please tell them thanks.”

For more information, and a listing of participating libraries, please visit www.sjrlc.org/wireless.

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Funding for the wireless hotspots was provided by the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative and the New Jersey State Library, an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College.

For more information, contact SJRLC at 856-346-1222 or email Peter Bromberg, SJRLC Program Coordinator