Northwest Regional Library has begun to offer Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots for Checkout! Mobile Hotspots allow internet connections anywhere they can get a signal on the Sprint Network (coverage map seen here: https://coverage.sprint.com/). Up to 10 devices can wirelessly connect to the hotspot to get an internet connection. 11 of these hotspots are available for circulation within the region
These are only available to NWRL residents with a valid NWRL Library Card. Only one hold can be placed on a hotspot at a time. If your local library does not currently have one, place a hold and one will be sent to it. They are due 14 days after checkout. If, after 14 days, the hotspot doesn’t have any holds on it, then it will automatically be renewed for another 14 days. Only 2 renewals will be allowed as long as no holds are placed on the item. Only one hotspot can be checked out at a time per patron.
Mobile hotspots must be returned directly to the circulation desk where it was checked out, during normal library hours and not in the drop box. If not returned within 14 days after the due date, the hotspot will be marked “lost”, deactivated, and patron will be billed for full replacement value ($190). After the hotspot is marked “lost”, the item cannot be returned. All parts of the kit need to be returned or replacement charges will be billed to the patron’s account.
The device may not work outside of Sprint coverage areas or in low signal locations within the area.
These wireless hotspots were purchased through the Mobile Beacon program. For more information, see here: https://www.mobilebeacon.org