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New Teleconnect Space Available at Columbia Pike Library – Official Government Site of Arlington County Virginia

Posted on September 06, 2022



There’s a new option for Arlington residents and visitors who need internet connectivity and privacy for virtual meetings. Arlington Public Library will open the Teleconnect space at Columbia Pike Library, in partnership with the Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development (CPHD) and Department of Technology Services (DTS).

The Teleconnect space is a unique meeting room at the library branch that is equipped with a wired computer equipped with web access to Zoom, Skype and other video conferencing software. It also features a ring light to create a professional setting. The space is reserved for virtual meetings for specific purposes, including telehealth appointments, job interviews, social services appointments, health insurance registration and college interviews.

This new resource is part of the county’s digital equity initiative to ensure all Arlington residents have affordable and reliable access to high-speed internet and technology to fully participate in the community and economy, with a focus on connectivity, access, education and training, and program sustainability.

“Anyone who needs a private, quiet, free space and doesn’t have equivalent access at home or anyone who needs additional technical assistance to start making a telehealth appointment is invited to use the Teleconnect space,” said Arlington Public Library Director Diane Kresh. . “The library is at the center of the community, and we are pleased to work with our county partners CPHD and DTS to add this vital service.”

Arlington Public Library will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Teleconnect space at the Columbia Pike Library on Monday, September 19 from 4:30-6 p.m. The event is open to the public and Columbia Pike’s Sunshine Gang will provide entertainment.

The Teleconnect Space can be booked online for two hours a day, up to twice a week. Anyone unable to make a reservation online can call Columbia Pike Library at 703-228-5710 for assistance. To make an online reservation, go to library.arlingtonva.us/teleconnect-space.

Potential uses for the space include: one person in a virtual support group meeting who would normally meet from their car for privacy; someone with a large family who has a virtual college interview; a job seeker who lives in collective housing or with many family members and who needs uninterrupted maintenance; an LGBTQIA+ adult who needs a telehealth appointment but does not have a private, safe space at home to speak with a healthcare professional; and other possibilities.

The Teleconnect space has frosted glass covering most of the exterior, and a white noise machine helps provide audio privacy. Limited staff support is available for help with personal devices on public Wi-Fi. The Teleconnect Space may not be used for paid work, paid tutoring, business meetings, participation in online courses, in-person meetings, social events or by for-profit organizations.

Local community and government partners include Arlington Free ClinicArlington Employment Center, Arlington peers help peers recover (APRC), Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church SROsand the Columbia Pike Partnership.

For more information and to schedule a free, private appointment, visit library.arlingtonva.us/teleconnect-space/.