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Smart Hub Library Program ‘bridging the digital divide’


By Alejandra Pulido-Guzman - LETHBRIDGE HERALD on November 2, 2021.

Public libraries have been a reliable source of online connectivity for many that lack Internet access.
Fifteen libraries within the Chinook Arch Regional Library System are now taking further steps to bridge the digital divide thanks to the Telus Smart Hub Library Program.
The participating libraries will begin loaning Smart Hubs – devices that provide fixed, high-speed Internet access with no installation required – to library patrons.
“Our rural member libraries have stressed the need for access to Internet for their communities,” explains Lisa Weekes, Manager of Partnerships and Community Development at Chinook Arch, in a press release. “With this support from Telus, participating libraries will be able to take a key step forward in meeting that need.”
Telus’ Smart Hub Library Program enables more Albertans to have access to the Internet in rural areas where this can often be more problematic.
“For Telus, this is a meaningful step in bridging the digital divide and ensuring all Canadians have access to the people, resources, and tools they need to succeed in an all-connected world,” says Theresa Lynn, Telus general manager for Alberta central and south, in a press release. “The Smart Hub Library Program extends the Internet connectivity that many libraries provide to their patrons, beyond the walls of the library and into the homes of those who need it most. We will continue to find creative solutions to close the digital divide. It’s just the right thing to do.”
Started in October, Smart Hubs can now be borrowed from local libraries in Barnwell, Carmangay, Champion, Coaldale, Coutts, Crowsnest Pass, Fort Macleod, Glenwood, Granum, Kainai, Lomond, Magrath, Stavely, Vulcan, and Warner.
The loan period will be one week with no renewals, and they must be picked up and returned at the library.
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