Got WiFi-enabled devices such as tablets and laptops that you want to connect to the Internet? A WiFi hotspot is a device that allows you to connect your enabled devices (e.g. laptop, smartphones, tablets, etc.) to the internet. The hotspot is portable so you can connect your device almost wherever you go. Check out a mobile hotspot with your library card! Hotspots are available to be placed on hold at each of the three branches. They must be picked up and returned at the owning library. Please do not return hotspots in the bookdrop. Check out a hotspot today!
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to check out a hotspot?
You need to be 16 years old or older, with a valid St. Mary’s County Library card in good standing (no fines over $9.99). One hotspot per library card.
Where do I check out and return a hotspot?
All three library branches have a number of hotspots available for checkout. You must check out and return the hotspot to the same branch. Please do not return hotspots in the bookdrop.
How long is the checkout period?
The checkout period is 14 days, with no renewals. Once you have returned a hotspot, you may then put your name on the waiting list for the next available hotspot.
Can I place a hold?
Most of the hotspots can be placed on hold. They must be picked up and returned at the owning branch. Each branch has 1-2 hotspots that are available first come, first served and cannot be placed on hold. See availability and place a hold in the catalog.
Are there data limits?
Each device is limited to 250MB of data per day, and 1500MB (1.5GB) of data per 14-day checkout period. 1.5GB of data should provide 10-15 days of browsing the web, but will provide significantly less time of streaming media or downloading large files. If you use the maximum 250MB per day, you will use 1.5GB in 5-6 days. After that, the device will no longer work. You can monitor your data usage at kajeet.com/status.
Are there overdue fines?
There are no overdue fines for hotspots. If the hotspot is overdue, data will be suspended and the device will not work. If the device is more than 45 days overdue, your account will be billed the cost of the hotspot ($100).
How much does it cost to replace the hotspot if lost or damaged?
The charge for the entire kit is $100.
Individual lost/damaged items are priced as follows:
What if the Verizon signal doesn’t reach my home or area?
The hotspot is location dependent and will only work if Verizon’s signal reaches the area. We can make no guarantees of connectivity.
Are the hotspots filtered?
The hotspots are filtered to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.