Rural Library Hotspot Lending Program
Partnering with Local Libraries to Loan out the Internet!
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 over 20 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 right for more information about the program and how to apply to become a partner.
Thomas-Wilhite Memorial Library hotspot lending program.
- Anadarko Community Library215 West Broadway St.
Anadarko, OK 73005
- Atoka County Library215 East A Street
Atoka, OK 74525
- Chandler-Watts Library340 Oak
Stratford, OK 74872
- Davis Public Library209 E. Benton
Davis, OK 73030
- Elgin Community Library108 Thomas Drive
Elgin, OK 73030
- Grace M. Pickens Library209 E. 9th St.
Holdenville, OK 74848
- Grove Public Schools1140 NEO Loop
Grove, OK 74344
- Love County Library500 S. Hwy 77
Marietta, OK 73448
- Mannford Public Library101 N. Green Valley Pl
Mannford, OK 74044
- Okemah Public Library301 S. 2nd
Okemah, OK 74859
- Reiger Memorial Library116 N. Broadway
Haskell, OK 74436
- Seminole Public Library424 N. Main
Seminole, OK 74868
- Stroud Public Library301 W. 7th St.
Stroud, OK 74079
- Thomas-Wilhite Memorial Library101 E. Thomas St.
Perkins, OK 74059
- Tonkawa Public Library216 N. 7th St.
Tonkawa, OK 74653
- Watonga Public Library301 Prouty St.
Watonga, OK 73772
- Wynnewood Public Library108 N. Dean A. McGee Ave.
Wynnewood, OK 73098
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.
Davis Public Library hotspot lending program.
|Year 1 (Pilot Program)||Statistics|
|Program Averages||130 loans / library|
|12 people on wait list|
|9.5 / 10 satisfaction ranking|
|User Demographics||75% have incomes < %50,000|
|64% have children at home|
|65% connect with more than 1 device|
|Data Usage||73 GB / device / month|
OSU Fact Sheets on Broadband Access
- Internet Options for Low-Income Households in Oklahoma
- Broadband Infrastructure and Adoption in Oklahoma – 2015 Edition
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)