On Oct. 24, city officials held a grand opening for Connect at Central, or connect. Connect is an all-new, 12,800 square foot technology space made possible by a Federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant. The $1.5 million grant project has enabled the San Antonio Public Library to build Connect and make technology and broadband enhancement projects possible at 13 branch libraries.
Connect helps bridge the digital divide in the San Antonio community by:
- Reducing the wait time for public computers by providing more than 100 desktop computers, as well as 15 laptops and 20 Google Nexus 7 tablets available for checkout within the Library.
- Upgrading the Teen Services department with 18 new iMac computers and furniture upgrades.
Providing easier training opportunities with a public training space to be used for instructor-led digital classes and library programs.
- Introducing a “technology test drive” component with iPads and a variety of tablets that support digital literacy, educate about emerging technologies and showcase the Library’s digital collection of 36,000 items available for download and checkout.
- Providing free, faster Wi-Fi with a new gigabit connection that parallels Google Fiber, as a result of the City of San Antonio’s Information Technology Services Improvements.
Additional information regarding San Antonio Public Library and Connect can be found at mysapl.org.