Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Library Learning Guides Staff New Hotline Connecting the Community with Digital Resources

The digital divide in Long Beach is estimated to have grown significantly this year, leaving many without a connection to the Internet when they need it most for schoolwork and job searches.

We are proud to share that several of the Learning Guides of the Library Foundation supported Family Learning Center program are helping to address this by joining the City’s new Digital Inclusion Resources Hotline. They are providing services in English and Spanish to help callers find information about local low-cost Internet service offers, computers, and free digital literacy training.

This is just one of the many ways that, while libraries are temporarily closed to the public, library staff have been redeployed elsewhere in the City to help address this crisis. Other Library staff have 3D printed or sewn masks and staffed the emergency operation center in addition to providing curbside pick up of books and DVDs and creating virtual programming.