Check out the Internet! Borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot from the library.
The Main Library at 132 South Street is now lending T-Mobile hotspots. There are 6 hotspots available for checkout. Hotspots are small, hockey-puck sized devices that allow you to access the Internet on your computer or wireless device for free! Just turn on the hotspot and connect to it like any other Wi-Fi network. Up to 10 devices at a time can be connected to one hotspot. You can leave the hotspot plugged in, or take it on the go for up to 6 hours of battery use.
What do I need to know?
How do I check out the device?
- There are 6 devices available for checkout. Four of these devices are available for holds. Simply log into the library's catalog and place a hold like you would for a regular book or DVD. The system will contact you when the next available hotspot has been returned to the library. Simply go to the Circulation Desk after you have been notified to pick up the hotspot.
- Two hotspots have been desginated as "Red Hot" items. These items cannot be placed on hold; they are available on a first come, first serve basis. You can drop by the Circulation Desk at any time to inquire if one of these items is checked in.
Who can check out this device?
- Anyone who has a valid Plymouth Public Library card in good standing can borrow a hotspot. Don't have a card? Stop by the Circulation Desk to fill out an application. For more information on getting a card, click here.
How long can I keep it?
- Hotspots can be checked out for two weeks at a time. You may not renew. There is a $1 per day late fee. Overdue hotspots will have Internet access deactivated within 24 hours beyond their due date.
Where can I return the hotspot?
- Hotspots may only be returned to the Main Library at 132 South Street. Please return inside, do not use the book drop.
What happens if I lose or damage the hotspot?
- There is an $80 fee for lost or damaged items.
Can I use the hotspot outside of the U.S.?
- No, the hotspots only work in the U.S.
Can I use the hotspot to send/receive text messages?
- No, texting/SMS messaging is not available.
How much does it cost?
- Borrowing and using the device is free! If the device is lost or damaged, you will be charged an $80 replacement fee.
What information about my Internet usage, if any, is tracked by the Library or the service provider?
- Your Internet usage is not tracked by the Library or the service provider. The Library does not provide patron information to the service provider. The only data about the hotspot program that the Library collects is the total amount of data transmitted and received by each device during a billing cycle.