In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Warren Public Library in coordination with the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) are offering free boosted WiFi in the Municipal Parking Lot behind the Warren Public Library.

With the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, education (both K-12 and collegiate programs) has shifted to online distance learning, where students must have access to the Internet to complete assignments. Historically, students who do not have access to reliable Internet use public facilities like libraries, or private businesses such as restaurants and coffee shops to get online to complete assignments.

For libraries, schools, community centers, and similar organizations, ITDRC is working with anchor institutions across the country, and working together with them to provide an outdoor access point with WiFi so that community members can access internet resources, including distance learning curricula and employment resources, outside of these community facilities (e.g. in parking lots, outdoor seating areas, and green spaces while social distancing). The services are provided at no cost and will continue as long as ITDRC will provide the service.

Once you’re sitting in your car in the Municipal Lot, the WiFi connection can be found under the name “Homework Hut.”