Library offers free Wi-Fi hotspots for check-out

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Penn Yan Public Library (PYPL) offers free Wi-Fi hotspots for checkout with your library card. Now in its second year, this service allows you to take the Internet with you, whether you need to connect at home or on the go.

Though often taken for granted, many Americans across the country lack Internet access, especially in rural areas like Yates County, where service can be restricted due to infrastructure limitations. Even where access is available, households experience a variety of factors that hinder connection; according to the Pew Research Center, “the monthly cost of broadband service is now cited… as the most important reason for not having a home broadband subscription.” (You can read more from this study at

PYPL can help bridge this gap. As part of a generous Southern Tier Library System hotspot lending pilot program, four of these devices are available to the public to be checked out for a week at a time, and can be used to connect any Wi-Fi enabled device to the Internet.

Library staff recommend that patrons place a hold on these in-demand items. 

Call 315-536-6114 or visit to place a hold on a hotspot or for more information about them.