Mobile Hotspots @ SLDL

  • Hotspots check out for 21 days.
  • Can be put on hold if you have a Spring Lake library card.
  • Hotspots are not renewable.
  • Click here to place a hold now.


Q: What is a mobile hotspot?

A: A mobile hotspot is a wireless device that enables Wi-Fi access on devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Q: How does a mobile hotspot work?

A: Our mobile hotspots run on the T-Mobile cellular network.

Q: Will I be charged to use this?

A: No.

Q: How does it work with my data plan?

A: The Wi-Fi that you access with our mobile hotspots is completely separate from whatever data plan you have.

Q: Do I have to be a certain age to check this out?

A: No.

Q: Can I travel with it? Where does it work?

A: Yes. The hotspots will work wherever there is T-Mobile service.

Q: How many devices can be on at the same time?

A: Up to five, depending on what you’re using it for (e.g. streaming movies requires more bandwidth.)

Q: Is there a data cap on usage?

A: No. Our hotspots have unlimited data with no slow downs.

Q: Does it have to be plugged in?

A: Only if the hotspot loses its charge. Each hotspot will come with a charging cord.

Q: What if I keep it past the due date?

A: Each hotspot checks out for 21 days. If you keep it past its due date, the hotspot will be turned off, so it will no longer be useful to you after the due date.

Q: All of them are checked out…can I get in line for one?

A: Yes. You can place a hold on a hotspot as long as you are a Spring Lake District Library cardholder. We have several hotspots and they check out for 21 days at a time, so it will be your turn before you know it.

Q: I don’t need it now, but I will in three weeks…can I schedule a day to check one out?

A: No. Hotspots are first come, first served. While you can place a hold on a hotspot, we can’t guarantee when it will be your turn.

Q: Why do I have to fill out a survey?

A: These hotspots were purchased thanks to a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In order to fulfill the requirements of the grant, we are required to conduct usage surveys.

Please contact us if you have more questions!