Burlington County residents who are unable to connect to the internet from home during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak can access free WiFi access from the parking lots of three BCLS locations, enabling them to go online from their cars while continuing to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Knowing that residents who relied on in-library internet access were left without this important benefit when the libraries closed to the public, we recently reworked our router hardware to extend free WiFi access 24/7 from the parking lots at the Cinnaminson, Pinelands and Pemberton branch locations. Users are encouraged to park in spots close to the buildings and connect to the internet from their own cars using the network library_wifi.
Burlington County Freeholder Deputy Director and Library Liaison Tom Pullion noted that access to the internet is vital to all residents, especially at this challenging time. "People are doing their part to practice social distancing and we want to do our part to make sure everyone is able to continue to go online to work, study, file for unemployment benefits, complete the Census, shop for essential items and more," he said.
According to BCLS Director Ranjna Das, many residents rely on the library system for access to the internet. "We are pleased to be able to continue to offer this essential service while our buildings are closed," she said. "In addition, we want to remind residents that they also have access to a wide array of digital offerings via the BCLS website."