• Dakota County Library now offers Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks to provide free internet access at home or on the go.

    To check one out, individuals can visit the catalog to place a hold on a Wi-Fi hotspot or Wi-Fi hotspot and Chromebook kit. They can also drop by any of the library locations to pick one up while supplies are available. Each can be checked out for 6 weeks. Individuals will need a Dakota County Library Card to reserve and check one out — registering for a library card can be easily completed in-person or online.

    To use a Wi-Fi hotspot, individuals will use their own phone, tablet, laptop or other device to connect to a hotspot and access the internet. Or, they can check out both a Wi-Fi hotspot and Chromebook and use the Chromebook to connect to the hotspot.

    The library is seeking to connect these Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks with those who lack essential internet access. Please feel free to share this information with others.

    A special thank you to staff in the Community Services Division and County IT that helped shape this program.