Loyola students have faced many obstacles since the start of the pandemic, including lack of digital equity and affordability. Over the past year, the Monroe Library has helped students by loaning them an array of technology, including iPads, access points, and laptops.
Laurie Philips, acting dean of the library, said the need for the internet has increased.
âWe have over 60 laptops available and almost all of them are verified at this point. We just received 40 new hotspots, âsaid Philips.
According to Philips, the main goal of the library is to help students who don’t have the technology they need to be successful.
The students who get access are grateful. One of the students benefiting from the free technology is Camry Rivers, a political science major.
âI’m not going to lie, it was a lifeline,â Rivers said.
Rivers said the digital equipment is invaluable.
âBy having the hotspot, I did not fall behind. It has kept me on track in my missions, âshe said.
Philips knows there is still work to be done and said the program is moving in the right direction.
The Loyola Library provides students with technological resources
âIt’s a good program and I think it’s working so far. Obviously we’ve made some adjustments to it, but I feel good about our current situation, âshe said.