Major changes coming to libraries in Mississauga

 

A little over two decades ago, most people went to one specific place to research challenging topics and finish up work and school projects—the library.

Now, with most people relying exclusively on home computers, libraries have had to evolve to remain relevant—and evolve they have. 

"Access to technology and the Internet is an essential part of the services the 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," the City of Mississauga said in a recent news release. 

If you don't have a physical library card, no need to fret—the city says that residents can now use a virtual library card.

According to the city, Mississauga is now offering customers the option to register for a library card online. The virtual library card allows residents 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 library's physical collections and additional library services. 

The library can also loan you a laptop.

"Customers can now borrow laptop computers for in-library use at Central, Frank McKechnie and Woodlands libraries," the city says. 

"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."

Chromebooks continue to be available for in-library use at the Cooksville, Malton, and Sheridan locations.

The library has also 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 Lori Kelly, Director, Library. "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."

Cover photo courtesy of Central Library’s Facebook page

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