The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library has started offering Wi-Fi Pocket Devices (hotspots) to library users to check out and use at home or on the go. The library is the first in Hendricks County to offer this type of device.
The Wi-Fi Pocket Devices works with Sprint’s LTE Network to create a hub for personal Wi-Fi network. Hotspots will check out for seven days and they may be renewed once if there is no wait list.
“We see a need in our community for this service. Many people who use the Internet at our Library do not have Internet access at home,” Mary Glaser, library and collection services manager, said.
Library users can turn on the device and will have instant access to wireless internet for their laptop, smartphone or other mobile devices.
“The goal is to help our community access what they need,” Glaser said. “The library believes that improving internet access helps almost everyone. By borrowing devices, more library users will have 24/7 access to library resources plus job and educational websites.”
To avail the service, library users need a valid library card and can visit the library website to login to their library account in the Evergreen catalog to place a hold on a device. They can also use the Plainfield Public Library App or visit the main desk at the library to check the availability of a device. If they are all checked out, Library users can request a hold on the next available device. Overdue hotspots will have internet access deactivated within 24 hours beyond their due date.
“Parents and guardians are responsible for any hotspots checked out to patrons under 18 years of age,” Glaser said.
Library users can utilize the device to get online anywhere using Sprint service area.