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August 28, 2020 – Leonardtown, Md. – In an effort to support St. Mary’s County students and other residents without high-speed internet access, St. Mary’s County Library is pleased to announce the extension of the reach of free WiFi at our locations to include the entirety of Library parking lots.

WiFi is accessible outside of all Library buildings 24 hours a day/7 days a week. WiFi is also available inside our buildings during our open hours, Monday – Thursday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday – Saturday, 12 p.m. (noon) to 5 p.m. To access the WiFi, simply select LibraryFreeWiFi in your device’s wireless network list.

WiFi users are reminded to observe appropriate social distancing while in parking lots or at tables or benches in front of the buildings, maintaining at least 6 feet from other users at all times.

Check Out a Mobile Hotspot

In addition to extending the WiFi reach at our locations, we have increased the number of mobile hotspots that are available for checkout. Hotspots on two networks (Verizon and Sprint) are available for 14-day checkout periods. Hotspots will work in areas that are covered by the device’s network.

For more information or to place a hold on a hotspot, visit www.stmalib.org and click on ‘Check Out a Hotspot’ under ‘Read, Listen, Watch.’

Sara Stephenson, Virtual Services Coordinator, said “We recognize that there are many students and other county residents who do not have reliable internet at home, and we’re happy to be able to provide access through WiFi at our locations and mobile hotspots for checkout.”


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