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CHEYENNE – Though the Laramie County Library was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people kept showing up outside of the virtually empty building this spring, seeking an essential part of modern life: internet access.

When coffee shops and other places with Wi-Fi closed in mid-March, the county library parking lot was one of few places Laramie County residents could connect to the digital world. Even before the pandemic, the library’s Wi-Fi had been a hot commodity, library spokeswoman Kasey Mossey said.

Tom Coulter is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s state government reporter. He can be reached at tcoulter@wyoming or 307-633-3124. Follow him on Twitter at @tomcoulter_.

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