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Check out a Wi-Fi hotspot

Irondale residents may borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot from the Irondale Public library.
Enjoy high-speed Internet access anytime, anywhere–free!

What is a hotspot?
Stay connected whenever you are on the go with a hotspot. You can connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices to an IPL hotspot and get high-speed Internet anywhere that has access to the T-Mobile network . A hotspot is an easy-to-use mobile device that offers Internet access over a wireless local area network (WLAN).

Do I have to have a T-Mobile Account?
No. The IPL hotspots are connected to T-Mobile through a library account. You will not be required to create an account. Your Wi-Fi enabled devices will be able to connect to the hotspot no matter what service provider you use.

How do I check out the device?
Find the hotspots on our catalog by searching for “wifi hotspot”. Stop by the circulation desk and use your library card to check out the device like any other item. Hotspots are kept behind the desk and a staff member will be happy to assist you with placing a hotspot on hold and checking it out.

Who can check out this device?
Anyone who is a resident of Irondale, 18 years of age or older, and has a valid Jefferson County library card in good standing can borrow a hotspot from IPL.

How much does it cost to borrow a hotspot?
Borrowing and using the device is free! The patron is responsible for costs associated with loss or damage of the hotspot and/or accessories. A fee schedule is below. Any necessary fees will be charged to the patron’s library account. The hotspot must be kept in a temperature controlled environment (e.g don’t leave unattended in a hot vehicle).

How long can I keep it?
Check-out is for one week with no renewals. Overdue hotspots will have internet access deactivated within 72 hours beyond the due date. The overdue fine is $1 a day until returned. After three instances of an overdue hotspot, or after three weeks overdue, there will be a six month suspension from checking out IPL hotspots. After the first suspension, an additional three overdues or thee weeks overdue will result in a one year suspension.

How do I return it? Will there be a fee for returning in the bookdrop or to another library?
You must return the device with all the original packaging and accessories at the Irondale circulation desk. A $25 fee will be applied if it is returned in a bookdrop or to another library.

NOTE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Internet content filtering is NOT provided through the IPL hotspot. Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring what their children access via the IPL hotspot.

How do I use the IPL hotspot to access free Wi-Fi?
The Wireless Network Name (SSID) and password can be found on the white sticker on the back of the hotspot. To connect your device to the hotspot’s Wi-Fi network, follow these steps:

  • Turn on the hotspot.
  • On your computer or other Wi-Fi enabled device, search for available Wi-Fi networks and select the Network Name (SSID) of your hotspot.
  • Enter the network password.
    Note: It may take up to a minute to establish a connection.

Fees for lost, damaged, or broken items

Hotspot Device: $65
Hard case: $10
Micro USB cable: $10
Soft case: $10
Power adapter: $12