Hotspot Lending Program

Check out a mobile hotspot at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library! The hotspot lending program is a free service that allows cardholders to check out a hotspot device and connect to the internet from almost anywhere. The hotspot device works in any area covered by the T-Mobile 3G or 4G LTE network.

Cardholders interested in borrowing a device will be asked to sign an Internet Hotspots/Chromebook Use Agreement (PDF). To check availability, call the Circulation Desk at 626-307-1366 or check the library catalog.

Hotspot Lending Program FAQs

What is a Wi-Fi Hotspot?
A Wi-Fi hotspot is a device you can use to connect a mobile-enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, to the internet. The hotspot is portable, so you can connect your device almost wherever you are, like at home, on the bus or in the park.

Who can borrow a library hotspot?
If you are an adult age 18 and over and have a valid library card, you can check out a hotspot.

How long can I keep a hotspot?
You can borrow it for 21 days (3 weeks). Please note: Overdue hotspots will have internet access deactivated within 24 hours beyond their due date. 

What if I return a hotspot late, lose or damage it?
A Wi-Fi hotspot will be turned off and wireless service will be terminated if the hotspot is not returned on the due date. If the device is lost or damaged beyond repair, a $100.90 fee will be charged to your Library account.

Is there a charge for the hotspot?
Borrowing and using the device is free!

How do I pick up a hotspot?
Hotspots are available for pick-up during library hours. 

How do I return a library hotspot?
Hotspots must be returned to the Library's Circulation Desk. You must return the device with all the original packaging and accessories. Returning in a book drop may result in damages and fines.

What information about my Internet usage, if any, is tracked by the Library?
Your Internet usage is not tracked by the Library. While using the Library’s hotspot, you are governed by our Computer and Internet Policy (PDF).

Can I renew a hotspot?
The device cannot be renewed. Hotspots may not be returned and re-borrowed on the same day. Call the Circulation Desk at 626-307-1366 to check availability.

Can I place a hold on a hotspot?
Borrowers may place a hold on a hotspot via the library catalog or by calling the Circulation Desk at 626-307-1366. Hotspots will be held for two days. A .50 fee will be charged for hotspots that are not picked up or for holds that are cancelled after being processed.

Can I use the hotspot outside of the U.S.?
No. The hotspots only work in the U.S.

Instructions for Use:

1. To turn the hotspot device on, press and hold the power button until you see the word “Welcome” on the LCD screen. Once you see the Sprint logo on the screen, the device is ready to use.

2. Find the Wi-Fi hotspot name and password printed on the device. 

3. The hotspot device works on most Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, desktops, smart phones and tablets. To connect your device, find the Wi-Fi network name on your own electronic device and enter the password.

4. The hotspot battery will last between 8 to 24 hours depending on usage. To turn off the hotspot completely, press and hold the power button until you see the word “Goodbye” on the LCD Screen. The hotspot will turn off by itself if no devices are connected to it.