GALLIPOLIS — Bossard Memorial Library will be unveiling available to borrow Wi-Fi hotspots Monday for community members to take home with an unlimited data usage for two week stints.
“In fulfilling Bossard Library’s mission to provide access to information and educational resources, the library is excited to launch the new Wi-Fi To Go service, which enables library patrons to borrow mobile wireless hotspots,” said Library Director Debbie Saunders. “We believe it is important for internet access to be available in every household. The library strives to assist in bridging the technological gap in our county by providing this service to our patrons.”
On Monday, library staff will begin circulating 20 kits, which contain the mobile hotspot, wall charger, USB cord, and instruction guide, all packaged in an official Bossard Library Wi-Fi To Go carrying case, for ease of transport.
In order to borrow a hotspot kit, patrons must be 18 years of age or older and have a Bossard Library card in good standing. At the time of checkout, the borrowing patron must present his or her library card and state-issued identification. The patron will be required to sign the library’s hotspot agreement. The loan period will be 14 days with no grace period and no renewals. A single hotspot can provide internet access for up to 15 devices.
Due to the expected high demand for these low-filtered hotspots, the library will accept reserves on the devices, provided no hotspots are currently available for borrowing. Saunders noted that patrons will incur overdue fines of $2.50 per day, up to the $80.00 price of the hotspot kit. Within 24 hours of the kit not being returned, the device’s data will be deactivated. Parents and guardians are responsible for the use of the hotspot by minors.
The complete lending policy can be obtained by visiting the library or on the Library’s website at bossardlibrary.org.
Saunders added that patrons will need a personal device to use with the hotspot in order to gain internet access. Examples of these devices include laptops, smart phones, tablets, and in some cases, desktop computers.
For assistance in the operation of these hotspots, borrowers may call the library’s reference desk during normal business hours.
“These hotspots will benefit not only those who have no internet access in the home, but also those who have internet access, but have a limited data plan,” Saunders said.
Saunders further noted that Bossard Library provides many online resources that can only be accessed by those with internet access.
“We hope to see an increase in the use of the many databases offered by the library with the introduction of the Wi-Fi To Go program at Bossard, namely Gale Courses for public libraries, which provides patrons with hundreds of free, online college-level courses in a variety of subjects,” she said. “The library continues to provide public internet access computers for patron use within the walls of the library building as well as wireless access for those who bring their own personal devices such as tablets, smartphones, and laptops to the library. The new Wi-Fi to Go program, however, enables the library to provide wireless internet access to patrons when they are away from the library — be it at home, in the workplace, or while traveling within the United States.”