Help From Home

2nd Annu­al Stay Home and Sup­port the Library

Your Tick­et to Con­nect Your Community

Sep­tem­ber 1 – 302021


The Stay Home and Sup­port the Library” non-event was a great suc­cess for the sec­ond year in a row! When the orig­i­nal fundrais­ing goal of $30,000 was reached by mid-Sep­tem­ber, we chal­lenged donors to help reach a stretch goal of $40,000. We are excit­ed to announce that dona­tions totaled more than $47,000 to sup­port DeKalb Coun­ty Pub­lic Library’s (DCPL) Take the Inter­net Home with You ini­tia­tive. These funds will allow DCPL to increase the num­ber of hotspots avail­able for check­out to more than 300 devices which will help almost 4,000 patrons each year.

The Take the Inter­net Home with You ini­tia­tive was launched in 2017 as an effort to bridge the dig­i­tal divide for DeKalb Coun­ty cit­i­zens who may not have home inter­net access. It enables a patron to check out a hotspot device for 21 days. Devices are in high demand with patrons wait­ing at the cir­cu­la­tion desk for their return. 

The COVID-19 pan­dem­ic exposed just how vast the dig­i­tal gap is in our com­mu­ni­ty. Patrons report to us they need this ser­vice now more than ever. The hotspots help them stay con­nect­ed to school resources, search for jobs, access health­care infor­ma­tion, and remain con­nect­ed to the world around them.

We have been using the pro­gram for two years. If we didn’t have it, life would be unbear­able. I have two school age sons. When the pan­dem­ic hit, we wouldn’t have been able to access school with­out it. I’m grate­ful that DeKalb Coun­ty has this pro­gram.” – Zeta C.

There are many of us out here that are under­served and the library helps to bridge this gap. What the library does is empow­er­ing. We depend on it. We are so thank­ful for all you do.” – Leli­ta T.

I am a senior who is going back to col­lege. The sig­nal in my assist­ed liv­ing com­mu­ni­ty isn’t very strong. I use the hotspot for research and video calls. I love the ser­vice.” – Bar­bara M.