Baltimore County Public Library branches are closed due to the coronavirus, but residents can access high-speed internet at 10 branches by using external Wi-Fi at those locations.
Baltimore County recently installed Wi-Fi outside of nine of its library branches for students and other residents who do not have high-speed internet at home.
The nine library branches join the Towson branch, which already had external Wi-Fi.
The locations of the 10 library branches with external Wi-Fi include:
- Catonsville Branch, 1100 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
- Essex Branch, 1110 Eastern Blvd., Essex, MD 21221
- Hereford Branch, 16940 York Road, Hereford, MD 21111
- Lansdowne Branch, 500 Third Ave., Lansdowne, MD 21227
- North Point Branch, 1716 Merritt Blvd., Dundalk, MD 21222
- Randallstown Branch, 8604 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133
- Rosedale Branch, 6105 Kenwood Ave., Rosedale, MD 21237
- Towson Branch, 320 York Road, Towson, MD 21204
- White Marsh Branch, 8133 Sandpiper Circle, Baltimore, MD 21236
- Woodlawn Branch, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, Woodlawn, MD 21207
External Wi-Fi is not available at the Arbutus, Cockeysville, Loch Raven, Owings Mills, Parkville-Carney, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Reisterstown and Sollers Point branches.
In addition to accessing Wi-Fi in the parking lots of those 10 library branches, people can also use Wi-Fi at certain other locations throughout the county, such as schools and senior centers. To find the nearest Wi-Fi location, residents can use this searchable map.
Residents should remain in their vehicles or otherwise adhere to social distancing guidelines while using Wi-Fi at the community locations, county officials said.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said the newly installed Wi-Fi resources at the library branches aim to bridge the gap between residents who have their own internet access and those who do not.
“This crisis has upended life in countless ways, and it requires us to find creative solutions to the challenges we face,” Olszewski said. “We hope these new Wi-Fi resources will help narrow the access gap as we continue to work around the clock to identify additional resources to support Baltimore County families during these trying times.”
Baltimore County Public Library Director Paula Miller said the library system typically has a high rate of internet usage by patrons who may not have Wi-Fi access at home while libraries are closed.
“Access to the internet is critical, not just for work and homework, but also for our residents’ personal lives: checking in on friends and families is important to everyone right now,” Miller said.
County officials also said low-income families can sign up for 60 days of “Internet Essentials” service through Comcast from now until May 13 by visiting internetessentials.com, or by calling 1 (855) 846-8376 for English or 1 (855) 765-6995 for Spanish.
Residents can also access Comcast public Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the county by visiting wifi.Xfinity.com.
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