Omaha Public Library and Millard Public Schools partner to provide access

Omaha Public Library (OPL) and Millard Public Schools (MPS) are pleased to announce that MPS students and staff can now connect to the MPS wireless network at OPL’s Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane.

MPS approached OPL in August 2019 to explore the possibility of running a dedicated fiber line into Millard Branch that would allow MPS students and staff to access the district’s secure wireless network at the library. The network, “BeKind” (for laptops) or “BeKind-MPS” (for iPads), became available to MPS users in November 2019.

"Being a one-to-one district means our students can learn anytime, anywhere. But we know internet access can still be a barrier for some. Our partnership with Omaha Public Library gives all of our students a path to learning beyond the classroom," said Millard Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Sutfin.

All available networks at Millard Branch will be visible to anyone searching for a Wi-Fi signal, but only MPS students and staff will be able to use networks that connect them directly with all of the features and resources normally available at any other MPS facility – resources that are not available through an open Wi-Fi connection. MPS students and staff will experience the benefit of connecting with needed resources in a location where they can study and take advantage of OPL’s many offerings.

“I am pleased that we were able to offer this to our patrons from MPS and look forward to potentially offering this opportunity to other area school districts,” said OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane.