Borrow the Internet!
If you need access to the Internet, your Library can help. Thanks to gifts and grants, BPL is now able to lend mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices. If you have a library card with BPL or WCLS, you can check out a hotspot for free!
We’re lending two types of hotspot that work on two cell carriers’ networks.
- Coolpad Surf hotspots connect to the Internet using Sprint’s 4G network.
- Orbic Speed hotspots connect to the Internet using Verizon’s 4G network.
To see if coverage is available where you would like to use a hotspot, check the cell network coverage maps:
They don’t work in Canada, so please don’t take them across the border!
When the hotspot is connected to the Internet, it uses its own Wi-Fi signal to share access to the Internet. Up to 10 devices devices such as computers, tablets, or cell phones can connect at the same time. A cell phone won’t need to use its data plan when it’s connected to the Internet using a Wi-Fi hotspot.
You may borrow a single hotspot for 3 weeks. If no one is waiting, it can be renewed up to 3 times. Only one hotspot request per patron is allowed at a time. Visit our online catalog to place a request on a Coolpad or an Orbic Speed.
Hotspots come in a case with a charger, charging cable, and an instruction card. Because of the protective case it is fine to return them in a library book drop.