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Mobile Hotspots

A hotspot with a wi-fi symbol on top.

A Wi-Fi Hotspot is a device you can use to connect a mobile-enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, to the Internet. The hotspot is portable, so you can connect your device almost wherever you are. more than one device can be connected to the Wi-Fi hotspot and in most situations, up to ten devices can be connected. Note that the more devices that are linked to a hotspot, the slower the internet speed may be.

What is the mobile hotspot Collection? Jefferson County Library now has 11 mobile hotspot devices that county residents can check out for up to three weeks. Each hotspot works much like a Wi-Fi network in a home or a business: it transmits an internet connection to which you can connect a smartphone, computer, or tablet. 

Who can check out a mobile hotspot from Jefferson County Library? The Jefferson County Library  lends Wi-Fi Hotspots to Jefferson County Library cardholders ages 18years old or above, in good standing (no fines or overdue items and no history of a delinquent account.) Since the Wi-Fi Hotspot benefits the whole household, ALL members of a household must have their library cards in good standing (no fines or overdue items and no history of a delinquent account) in order to be eligible to check out a Wi-Fi hotspot. To checkout at the Wi-Fi hotspot, cardholders must present their Library card and photo identification to the Circulation Desk and complete the Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending Agreement below.

Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending Policy and Agreement.pdf

New cardholders must establish a borrowing history of 3 consecutive months with at least 5 checkouts. Individuals from other tri-county libraries are not eligible to borrow these hotspots from the Jefferson County Library.

How long can hotspots be checked out for? Are there late fines? Mobile hotspots' checkout is limited to one per household for a period of three weeks (21 days). Hotspots cannot be renewed or reserved; devices will be deactivated if they are overdue. A cardholder or someone in their household must wait 48 hours after returning the hotspot before they may check one out again. An overdue charge of $10 per day up to the full replacement cost of the hotspot will be charged if the device is not returned. (As of September 2021, the replacement cost is $110, but is subject to change based on pricing from the Wi-Fi Hotspot vendor.) Devices must be returned to the Circulation Desk at least one hour before the Library closes, and not returned in the book drop box or to another Library. Devices returned in the book drop box will result in a $75 fine.

Hotspots are available at the Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis from the time of opening until one hour before the Library closes. The Library reserves the right to refuse service to patrons who abuse equipment or who are repeatedly late in returning materials The Library is not responsible for any liability, damages, or expense resulting from the use or misuse of the device, connection of the device to other electronic devices, or data lost resulting from use of the device.

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