The Somerton Library is pleased to announce the launch of their WiFi Hotspot Lending Program! This pilot program allows library cardholders who are 18 and older 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.
Hotspot lending programs are essential to bridging the digital divide. They can be used to close the homework gap for families with school-aged children who cannot afford internet at home as well as support workforce development and job skills training.
Community Connect: Digital Access at Home, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One Bank, offers grants and resources to help support digital access and financial capability in rural communities nationwide.
Guidelines for Borrowing and Use
- Must be 18 years or older
- Must be a resident of Somerton
- Library Card account must have less than $5 in fees
- 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
- Instructions in English and Spanish
- User survey
Where can I check out a hotspot kit? Hotspot kits are available for checkout at the Somerton Library.
Can I place a hold on a hotspot device? Yes, a hold can be placed by calling the Somerton Library at (928) 627-2149. One (1) hotspot hold may be placed on a library card at a time.
You will be notified when your hotspot hold is available. Once notified, you will have 7 days to check out the hotspot before the hold is cancelled.
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.
Where should I return a hotspot kit? Please return your hotspot kit to the service desk at the Somerton Library. Please do not put hotspots in the book drop.
What if I return a hotspot kit late or lose it? You are responsible for costs associated with loss or damage of the hotspots and/or cords, adapters, cases, etc. The replacement charge is $50.
The wireless service on the hotspot will be turned off if the hotspot is not returned on the due date.
What if I need help connecting my device to the hotspot? If you need help connecting your personal device to the hotspot, please call the Somerton Library at (928) 627-2149.