Should Public Libraries Charge For Internet Access?
from the what-to-do... dept
Libraries have become a great place for many people to get internet access when they don’t have other options. Some even point out that libraries have been one of the great resources in fighting the “digital divide.” So, it’s no surprise to find out people are angry that a library has decided to start charging for internet access. Admittedly, it’s relatively cheap ($1/hour), but some are questioning what sort of message it’s sending to patrons. The library claims that the costs of offering computers and access is just too high, and this was the only way to offset those costs. In reading about this, I’m reminded that I used to borrow movies from the library for free – but now they charge a small fee. Still, when confronted, the someone at the library said that if someone really couldn’t afford it, they’d make an exception.