What is the Hotspot Lending Program?
The hotspot lending program is a new, free service offered by Heights Libraries that builds upon our mission “Opening Doors, Opening Minds”. The service allows you to check out a hotspot device and connect to the internet from almost anywhere! A hotspot is a small device you can use to connect a wireless enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, to the internet. Hotspots are portable, so you can connect your device to the internet almost anywhere you are, like at home, on the bus or in the park. The hotspot device works in any area covered by the Sprint 3G or 4G LTE network.
Hotspots will begin circulating on Monday May 22nd.
Guidelines for Borrowing and Use
- 18 years or older to check out a hotspot
- Library Card in good standing
- Borrower will sign brief agreement document first time borrowing a hotspot
- Borrower is limited to checking out one (1) hotspot device at a time
What comes in a hotspot kit?
- 1 case
- 1 hotspot device
- 1 micro USB cable
- 1 wall charger
- 1 info sheet
Where can I check out a hotspot kit?
Hotspot kits are available for checkout at the circulation desks at the Lee, Coventry and Noble library branches. Ten hotspots will be available at the Lee Road branch and five each at Coventry and Noble branches.
How long can I borrow a hotspot kit?
You can borrow a hotspot kit for two weeks (14 days). Hotspot devices may not be renewed. The hotspots will cease functioning the day after they are due.
Can I place a hold on a hotspot device?
No, at this time a hold cannot be placed on a Heights hotspot device. Hotspots are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Where should I return a hotspot kit?
A hotspot kit must be returned in person to the customer service desk of the Heights Library location where it was checked out. Hotspots may not be returned in a book drop or at a CHPL branch other than where it was originally checked out.
What if I return a hotspot kit late or lose it?
Customers are responsible for costs associated with loss or damage of the hotspots and/or cords, adapters, cases, etc. The overdue fines for a hotspot are $5 per day with a maximum fine of $15.
The wireless service on the hotspot will be turned off if the hotspot is not returned on the due date.
If individual parts of the kit are lost, the following replacement costs will be the responsibility of the borrower.
- Device replacement fee: $30
- Charger cord replacement: $5
- USB adapter replacement: $5
- Case replacement: $20
If the entire hotspot kit is lost, please contact the location where you checked it out immediately. The total kit replacement fee is $60.
How many devices can be connected to a hotspot?
Up to ten (10) devices can be connected to the hotspot device at one time.
Can I use the hotspot device outside the U.S.?
No, the hotspot device only functions in the United States and where a Sprint signal is available. Visit coverage.sprint.com to see where Sprint coverage is available.
What if I need help with the WiFi hotspot kit?
If you need help connecting your personal device to the hotspot, please speak to one of the librarians at the reference desks.