Access to technology and the Internet is an essential part of the services Mississauga Library provides. That’s why the library now offers three resources to improve access for everyone who lives, works or goes to school in the city.
Mississauga is now a leader in offering customers the option to register for a library card online. The virtual library card enables customers to immediately access online resources such as e-books, newspapers, magazines and downloadable movies and music.
New users can also upgrade to a free full-service card for access to the physical collections and additional library services. The virtual card is a practical option for anyone who prefers to use only the library’s online collection.
The laptop lending program is a pilot developed in collaboration with the city’s Information Technology division as part of the Smart City Master Plan. Customers can now borrow laptop computers for in-library use at Central, Frank McKechnie and Woodlands libraries. Chromebooks continue to be available for in-library use at the Cooksville, Malton and Sheridan locations.
The library has expanded its existing hot spot lending program, which began initially at its Cooksville location, to include Central, Frank McKechnie, Malton, Mississauga Valley and Woodlands libraries. Similar to a Wi-Fi network, hot spots can be used at home, work or on the go to connect any device to the Internet.
“As the library continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of our customers, we are pleased to provide access to a wide variety of technology,” said library director Lori Kelly. “As part of our Library Master Plan, we are working to ensure that our customers can access our collection in new ways as well as provide resources for those who do not have access so they can get connected to help with school, a job search, government services and more.”
“We are pleased to work with the library to help residents, through technology, access the programs and services they rely on every day,” said Shawn Slack, Director, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.” The goal of the Smart City Master Plan is to create a Smart City for Everybody. This is a significant step toward meeting our goal.”
For more information, visit mississaugalibrary.ca