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Mobile HotSpots

Mobile Hot Spots

Harford County Public Library is now offering circulating wireless hotspots that will allow customers to connect their devices (Computer/Tablet/Game Devices) wirelessly to the internet without using a home Internet connection. These are available at all branches.

What is a mobile hotspot?
The devices use the T-Mobile/Sprint wireless network to provide Internet access to our customers. Up to five individual devices can connect wirelessly to the hotspot for Internet access.

Guidelines for Borrowing and Use

  • Customers must be 18-years of age or older to checkout a Mobile Hotspot device.
  • Customers must be in good standing with the library, with a current address on file and no fines above $10.
  • A Mobile Hotspot device may be checked out for three (3) weeks with up to 3 renewals.
  • Please return the Mobile Hotspot device to the service desk and do not return via the book drop.
  • Overdue Mobile Hotspot devices will be deactivated within 24-hours of due date.
  • The Mobile Hotspot can provide Wi-Fi internet access for up to 10 devices.
  • Internet access is dependent on the T-Mobile/Sprint service area.
  • Mobile Hotspot devices include: One (1) Mobile Hotspot device, one (1) power adapter, contained in one (1) plastic storage tub.
  • Do not press the device reset button unless instructed by HCPL staff to do so.

Fines and Fees

  • The overdue fine is $2.00 per day until returned.
  • The Mobile Hotspot device should be kept in a temperature-controlled environment; PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE IT IN YOUR CAR.
  • The customer is responsible for costs associated with loss or damage of the Mobile Hotspot device and/or its peripherals and storage bin.
ItemReplacement Costs
Mobile Hotspot Device$90.00
Power Adapter$20.00
Plastic Storage Bin$5.00
Total Replacement Costs$115.00

Connecting to Mobile Hotspot Device:

The Wireless Network Name (SSID) and password can be found on the back of the Mobile Hotspot device. Each device has a unique password, so if you have a previously checked out a Mobile Hotspot device, you may need to update your password settings.

  1. Turn on the Mobile Hotspot device
  2. On your computer or other Wi-Fi enable device, search for available Wi-Fi networks and select the Wireless Network Name (SSID) for the Mobile Hotspot device.
  3. Enter the password for the Mobile Hotspot device.
  4. Connect. This process may take up to a minute.

Reserve a hotspot now!