LOUISVILLE, Ky. — To help with the need for Wi-Fi access, the Louisville Free Public Library is extending the hours it keeps its wireless internet service open.

Wireless access was only allowed during the time the library was open, but now Wi-Fi access will be available on the library grounds and parking lots from dawn until one hour after closing, or until dusk, whichever is later.

“With thousands in our community lacking a computer or reliable internet access in the home, and with so many students learning from home as a result of the pandemic, we know the Library is a much-needed resource,” said Library Director Lee Burchfield. “Extending the hours patrons can access our wireless internet hopefully gives students, families, and individuals additional time to download homework assignments or apply for a job.”

District 3 Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey raised concern about the need for expanded wireless service before the Metro Government hoping to find equitable solutions.

“During this time in our history, the world has become dependent on digital mediums. So, access to the internet is access to the world,” said Councilwoman Dorsey. “It is my pleasure to partner with the Louisville Free Public Library to expand internet access in the form of Wi-Fi to our entire community. I pledge to continue to work on digital access and inclusiveness for every citizen of this community.”

LFPL also offers patrons free use of computers by appointment at each of its locations during normal business hours. There are also limited printing and faxing services available by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment you can visit the library's website or call any of the branches. 

Deborah Harbsmeier is the executive producer of digital content for Spectrum News 1.  The award-winning producer has 30 years of experience in television news.