Whitespace Project

picture of Free Wifi sign at the Manhattan City Park

Whitespace Project for Free Mobile Internet Access

An experiment delivering public library Internet access to remote locations is underway. The Manhattan Public Library is testing remote Wi-Fi hot spots at City Park, City Park Pool, and the Douglass Community Center. A library card and password are required to log in, and can be obtained free of charge from the Manhattan Public Library located at 629 Poyntz Avenue.

To access the WiFi connection inside the library or at one of the remote locations:

  1. Connect to the network named “Library Wireless”
  2. Open your web browser and go to Google.com
  3. Log in using your Manhattan Public Library card and password

The pilot project, Kansas K20-Librarians Whitespace Pilot, is coordinated by the State Library, and also involves the Kansas City and Lawrence Public Libraries.

This project is an initiative of the national Gigabit Libraries Network’s Libraries Super Wi-Fi Project that makes use of abandoned analog TV frequencies. More information about the national initiative can be found at http://giglibraries.net