Internet at Libraries and Cafes

August 7, 2008 by Chris Guld · 9 Comments  
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Acadia National Park

We are currently in Acadia National Park! It is beautiful here. We really like to stay on the Park property and we chose a national park campground called Seawall. There are no hookups, and certainly no Wi-Fi here at ‘Seawall’ campground. We could run our generator, but our satellite dish could not connect thru all these trees! Our cell phones would not maintain a connection either – so we were OFF line! But, this is where we wanted to stay.

Campsite in the Trees

What do we do? I want to stay here for 3 nights, but my article is due today?! Well there are Wi-Fi hotpspots at various cafes and, most always at Public Libraries. We found a public library in Southwest Harbor, near the campground, where Wi-Fi was offered. What a cool place!

Public Library in Southwest Harbor, Maine

Internet Access at Public Libraries

And, I am certainly not the only one taking advantage of the Internet connection. One man who said he was traveling thru the area had a deadline to submit a grant proposal. Who cares that he’s on vacation in a beautiful national park? He can take a few hours, visit this local library, get his work done and get back to play! Others were just checking their email, and the woman next to me said she lived nearby but appreciated the free high-speed Internet.

Internet Access at Public LibrariesI took a few minutes to speak with the director of this library. She said that the state of Maine has a wonderful public library system that helped them get set up as a Wi-Fi hotspot. She enjoys offering this service because she sees the benefits. There are traveling business people who take advantage of it as well as college students taking exams and many travelers every day accessing their email. She said that travelers particularly liked the fact that the Wi-Fi hotpsot was wide open and always on. They could access it from the parking lot 24 hours/day.

So, the purpose of this post is to encourage you to check out local public libraries as sources for Internet connections. They’re free, they’re usually high-speed, and you might meet some interesting people! We also took advantage of Wi-Fi at our lunch spot in Bar Harbor. Lobster Bisque and Internet. Does it get any better?

working in Southwest Harbor Public Library

This is Chris Guld signing off from Acadia National Park in the Southwest Harbor Public Library!

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9 Responses to “Internet at Libraries and Cafes”

  1. Mac McClellan on August 7th, 2008 9:17 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Great post — and a good example of using the services you recommend!

    Although some libraries aren’t “traveler friendly” most are, and these are a great resource.



  2. Rhea on August 8th, 2008 7:17 am

    I rely on libraries for Internet connection when I’m traveling. Sometimes there is a long, involved signup process, though. I love Acadia too!

  3. Nikki D on August 8th, 2008 4:31 pm

    thanks for the information! I wanted to go to Acadia, and your suggestion of campsite and librairy for WI-FI is great. I have used some public librairies before for keeping in touch on the net. Also been using some restaurants/pubs with wi-fi. You just help me in planning my trip to Acadia Park.

  4. harriet on August 8th, 2008 7:49 pm

    I recently spent two weeks in Damasiscotta, Maine – I used the library in town to connect to the Internet, everyone was very friendly. There is also a cafe in town, free WiFi – and mocha smoothies!

  5. Tom on August 9th, 2008 7:29 am

    Great article. We use the library’s WIFI when we travel also. Only thing you have to watch is not do any on line banking. I have heard of some horror story’s on others stealing information while using WI FI in Library’s.

  6. WiFi Savvy » Blog Archive » Internet, Satellite Dishes, and Trees on August 14th, 2008 9:18 am

    [...] are in New England and I’ve never seen so many trees!  As I mentioned in last week’s article, we had no connection (Satellite, Wi-Fi, or Cellular) in Acadia National park.  The picture below [...]

  7. Internet, Satellite dishes, and Trees on August 14th, 2008 9:32 am

    [...] are in New England and I’ve never seen so many trees!  As I mentioned in last week’s article, we had no connection (Satellite, Wi-Fi, or Cellular) in Acadia National park.  The picture below [...]

  8. Fred Brandeberry, SR on September 8th, 2008 8:57 am

    We ofer tips on receiveing a good Wi-Fi signal on our website =, and its FREE.

    Fred Brandeberry

  9. Stephanie on September 28th, 2008 10:18 pm

    Thanks for the article – I found an online directory that lists RV Parks where you can get WiFi at Although I love going to a library I have also found them not to be too traveler friendly, especially if you need to park a large rig. Every town is a new opportunity to experience Americana and the ammenities change as does the wind and the road.

    Thanks for sharing!! Hope this directory of hotspots at RV parks helps!