The library just got a grant via Verizon's $1.75 million Access New Jersey program, which donated money to 300 libraries throughout the state.
The library will install high-speed DSL lines in 13 of their computers. They will also be part of a new broadband network that will help improve the high-speed internet access.
"We are pleased that this partnership between Verizon and New Jersey State Library will help improve the efficiency and reliability of the internet services we offer to patrons of the Weehawken Public Library," said Phillip Greco, the executive director of the library. "It's part of our continuing efforts to give our patrons the state-of-the-art technology. It's only possible with grants such as this."
The New Jersey State Library was happy to accept the grant from Verizon to assist the many libraries in the state.
"This commitment from Verizon positions us strategically to take advantage of current opportunities and emerging technologies," said Norma Blake, the New Jersey state librarian. "Our goal is to foster the highest quality and most cost-effective Internet access for New Jersey libraries. Through this agreement with Verizon, we will be able to reach our goal."
Verizon has always wanted to assist the New Jersey Free Public Library system, said Verizon President Dennis Bone.
"Helping the people of New Jersey stay connected is what Verizon New Jersey is all about," Bone said. "Through Access New Jersey, Verizon has committed more than $150 million to bring high-speed communications technology for voice, data and video to over 2,500 classrooms and libraries all over the state."
Two separate internet service providers (ISPs) will serve the new network, so that if one has problems on its network, traffic will automatically be routed to the other.
Needless to say, Weehawken's library continues to make strides in being one of the finest around.
"The system has already been put into place in the library," Greco said. "The patrons are happy with the results."
The Weehawken Public Library Multi Media Center offers free internet access. For more information please call the Library at (201) 863-7823.