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Richmond Public Library launches eduroam at all locations

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:13 PST, Tue January 17, 2023

Richmond Public Library, together with BCNET and CANARIE, has launched eduroam, the secure, global Wi-Fi service for the higher education and research community, at all library locations. 

With this new service, staff, students, faculty, and researchers from any participating Canadian or international post-secondary institution can automatically connect to the internet at the library. The eduroam service securely connects participating customers to the library’s internet connection, which is powered by the City of Richmond’s network infrastructure, using the username and password from their home institutions. 

“Our libraries are popular go-to destinations for local students,” said Charles Leung, manager of information technology at Richmond Public Library. “Enabling eduroam at RPL will enhance our in-library experience. We are always seeking out meaningful initiatives and partnerships such as this one, where we can inspire learning.” 

RPL locations are extremely well utilized by students of all ages to study, do research, and work on group or individual projects. In addition, Richmond is a travel destination and a connecting hub, welcoming newcomers and students from around the world. The ability for Canadian and international post-secondary students to use eduroam to stay connected to their institution’s online resources while on the go provides vital access to the internet and improved access to online learning. 

Students and faculty at eduroam-equipped institutions can quickly and easily access the service at the library. It should seamlessly connect without any action required. RPL joins over 194 locations in BC and 626 sites across Canada that offer eduroam. 

“The library offers seamless connectivity to this world-wide roaming service, supporting Wi-Fi access for education and research, anytime and anywhere,” said Clarence Lee, director of client services and communications at BCNET. “As more libraries join eduroam, we are enabling broader internet access and bridging the digital divide.” 

Christina Colangelo, program manager of identity and access management at CANARIE, said: “Students, staff, and faculty with eduroam access can securely learn and work from wherever, whenever—including now at RPL. We’re pleased to work with BCNET and the library to expand eduroam access at more public places—supporting smart cities initiatives across Canada.” 

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