The Community Foundation of Dunn County has awarded a grant to the library in the amount of $2,400 to expand our mobile wi-fi hotspot lending program. This generous gift from the Foundation will allow the library to add an additional ten mobile wi-fi hotspots. The hotspot lending program has proven popular and the library’s existing collection of twenty hotspots are always in use with a waiting list. The additional ten hotspots should help reduce wait time and allow more people to take advantage of free mobile wi-fi. Look for the new hotspots to be in circulation in June. The library started mobile wi-fi hotspot lending in 2016 with a goal to assist in bridging the digital divide in Dunn County. For some residents in Dunn County Internet access is unaffordable or in some cases unavailable in their location. Lending free mobile wi-fi hotspots is a way for the library to assist in bringing Internet access to everyone. Here’s how it works:
All borrowers must sign a User Agreement. Hotspots circulate for a period of fourteen days. They must be checked out in person at the Menomonie Public Library. We ask that the hotspots be returned to the checkout desk at the Menomonie Public Library and not in the book drop or at other libraries. Each hotspot unit circulates in a bag with a micro-USB cord, AC adapter and instructions. Hotspots returned after their due date are subject to a $2 per day fine and the hotspot can’t be renewed. The user is responsible for returning all of these items in good condition. If the hotspot or cable is returned damaged, the user may be responsible for the cost of replacement, generally $50. If the unit is lost, stolen or not returned, the borrower may be assessed a replacement fee of $200, per Menomonie Public Library’s circulation policies.
Performance of the hotspot will vary depending upon location and Sprint™ coverage in the area. Check Sprint™ coverage for your address here (select the data tab): www.sprint.com/coverage Be advised that the hotspots are an open wireless connection and the Library is not responsible for information accessed using this device or for personal information shared over the Internet. Hotspot users are encouraged to follow safe Internet practices. Hotspot users should refrain from online activity that violates federal, state, or local laws.