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Before You Could Google It: NYPL Makes Weirdest Patron Questions Public

Readers, who would answer your random questions before the internet age? The answer: librarians. The New York Public Library has begun posting some of its most bizarre patron questions on its Instagram page, and I have to say, they are pretty fantastic. Check out this post on the blog io9 by Lauren Davis, which showcases some particularly good ones.

A personal favorite of mine:

All photos courtesy of the New York Public Library.

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Free Wi-Fi! At your local branch of the New York Public Library.

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New York City is working to address the digital divide with a new NYPL initiative that will provide free, portable, wireless Wi-Fi hubs for check-out.

“At every branch you walk into, every computer is being used all the time,” [NYPL President Anthony] Marx said. “As more and more of what the library offers moves online, it became obvious that there was a problem.”

This initiative seeks to reach out to the 2.5 million NYC residents without their own access to the internet, and will focus on patrons in adult-learning and/or ESL programs,  and  patrons without home broadband.

This is an exciting time to see how the digital divide is being addressed by public institutions, businesses and governing bodies!