Rural Library Hotspot Lending Program
Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources partners with select public libraries to enhance broadband access to residents in some of the state’s more rural areas. We currently have fifteen libraries participating, and hope to add between four and seven new libraries each year as the program continues to grow. Each library receives multiple hotspot devices with unlimited data for a full year. Please see the links to the left for more information about the program and how to apply to become a partner.
Davis Public Library hotspot lending program.
Thomas-Wilhite Memorial Library hotspot lending program.
|Anadarko Community Library||215 West Broadway St.
Anadarko, OK 73005
|Atoka County Library||215 East A Street
Atoka, OK 74525
|Chandler-Watts Library||340 Oak
Stratford, OK 74872
|Davis Public Library||209 E. Benton
Davis, OK 73030
|Elgin Community Library||108 Thoma Drive
Elgin, OK 73538
|Grace M. Pickens Public Library||209 E. 9th St.
Holdenville, OK 74848
|Grove Public Library||1140 NEO Loop
Grove, OK 74344
|Love County Library||500 S. Hwy 77
Marietta, OK 73448
|Mannford Public Library||101 N. Green Valley Pl
Mannford, OK 74044
|Okemah Public Library||301 S. 2nd
Okemah, OK 74859
|Reiger Memorial Library||116 N. Broadway
Haskell, OK 74436
|Seminole Public Library||424 N. Main
Seminole, OK 74868
|Stroud Public Library||301 W. 7th St.
Stroud, OK 74079
|Thomas-Wilhite Memorial Library||101 E. Thomas St.
Perkins, OK 74059
|Tonkawa Public Library||216 N. 7th St.
Tonkawa, OK 74653
|Watonga Public Library||301 Prouty St.
Watonga, OK 73772
|Wynnewood Public Library||108 N. Dean A. McGee Ave.
Wynnewood, OK 73098
Mobile Hotspot Program Materials
- Elgin Community Library Hotspot Circulation Policy
- Starting (and Growing) a Rural Library Hotspot Lending Program
- Oklahoma Rural Library Hotspot Lending Program Phase I Patron Survey Results
- Oklahoma Rural Library Hotspot Lending Program Phase II Patron Survey Results
- Oklahoma Rural Library Hotspot Lending Program Phase III Patron Survey Results
- Sample Packaging
OSU Fact Sheets on Broadband Access
- Internet Options for Low-Income Households in Oklahoma
- Broadband Infrastructure and Adoption in Oklahoma – 2015 Edition
Application for Interested Libraries
After the program’s initial success in 2017-18, we would like to continue growing by adding roughly 4-5 rural libraries each year. The program typically begins in May or June and is funded for a full year. Participating libraries are responsible for collecting patron surveys for that year, participating in monthly conference calls, and trying to continue the program once the initial funding expires.
A formal application will be uploaded to this site at a later date.
If you are a rural librarian in Oklahoma interested in this program, please contact Dr. Brian Whitacre.
Our Program in the News
- Pilot program to provide internet access in Haskell (Muskogee Phoenix, April 2017)
- Pilot program uses Wi-Fi to connect rural Oklahomans to the internet (Daily Oklahoman, June 2017)
- Broadband Access Helps Improve Rural Economies, But Costs Are Still High (KGOU, January 2018)
- OSU, public libraries working together to bridge ‘digital divide’ in rural Oklahoma (OK State News, June 2018)
- Up to Speed (Oklahoma Gazette, August 2018)
- Okemah Public Library one of only four libraries in state selected for wifi hotspot program (Okemah News Leader, August 2018)
- Southern Oklahoma Libraries check out hotspots to community (The Daily Ardmorite, October 2018)
- Texoma libraries let you take the Internet home (KTEN News, October 2018)
- AARP Oklahoma Awards Oklahoma State University $3,000 Grant for Rural Broadband Hotspot Library Program (AARP, November 2018)
- OSU, AARP team up to help bridge the ‘digital divide’ in rural Oklahoma (OK State News, December 2018)
- AARP Oklahoma Awards Oklahoma State University $5,000 Grant for Rural Broadband Hotspot Library Program (AARP Oklahoma, September 2019)