San Bernardino Public Library (SBPL) patrons are going to be able to enjoy using the public Internet at significantly faster speeds at all four locations of SBPL following its internet upgrade up to 1 Gigabits per Second (Gbps).
Patrons may experience Internet speed up to 10 times greater than previously at Feldheym Central Library (555 W. Sixth) and 100 times greater than the previous speed at three branches – Rowe Branch Library (108 E. Marshall), Inghram Branch Library (1505 W. Highland Ave.) and Villaseñor branch Library (525 N. Mt. Vernon.)
Feldheym offers 36 computers for free public usage, 10 at Villaseñor, and eight each at Rowe and Inghram. SBPL offers free Wi-Fi for the public in all locations.
SBPL is receiving this internet upgrade as part of a High-speed Broadband in California Public Libraries project by the California State Library (CSL). It is connecting to the California Research & Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity 3,800-mile fiber optic network operated by CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, a non-profit California corporation that connects California to the world. The Califa Group, a non-profit library consortium, has been appointed by the CSL to manage the rollout process with CENIC.
The Library also financially benefits with most of the cost of the monthly service being reimbursed in the next fiscal year and has also received grant funding from the CSL to pay the first-year expenses.
Information about SBPL, location hours, and its electronic resources available to library cardholders including Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks is available at its website and patrons can also follow the Library on its Facebook and Twitter - pages.