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Pima County Public Library's Bookmobile offers free computer and WiFi access

Posted at 6:06 PM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-13 21:39:27-04
The Pima County Public Library's Bookmobile drives over 700 miles per month to 30 different stops around Southern Arizona bringing books to the customers. 
 
People of all ages borrow about 17,000 books per year. 
 
Now the county is speeding the bus up to the 21st century with the help from a $25,000 Tohono O'odham Nation grant.
 
 
The bookmobile now offers free computer and WiFi access.
 
"We have embraced technology throughout the library system, we only have four laptops on the bookmobile, but many branches have upwards of 30 computers for the public to use because there is something they need and want," said Wade Zelenak, the Bookmobile's driver for 21 years.
 
This allows people living in poverty to be able to access internet and educational resources.  
 
"I think it will be nice for the people out here, especially the people that don't have computers and access," said Gay Carey, a Bookmobile user. "I think it will be a really good thing."
 
Zelenak says he wouldn't be surprised if he saw more laptops and fewer books.
 
"It's conceivable that we might see a bookmobile devoted entirely to technology," he said.
 
Check out the 30 stops the Bookmobile makes to see when it will be in your neighborhood.