Alachua County residents can check out mobile Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to the Internet on computers, smartphones, and other devices. Up to five devices can connect to the hotspot at one time and there are no data plan fees or data limits. Service is dependent on the availability of the T-Mobile network where the hotspot is being used.
Mobile hotspots can be reserved in our online catalog. Hotspots check out for seven days and can be returned to any library branch.
This service is generously supported by the Alachua County Library District Foundation.
- Who can check out a hotspot?
Alachua County residents with a library card in good standing, with no more than five overdue items or $50 in charges. Student Library Cardholders cannot check out a hotspot.
- How long can I keep the hotspot?
Hotspots check out for seven days. Hotspots will renew if there are no holds.
- How can I put a hotspot on hold?
- Where should I return the hotspot?
Hotspots may be returned to any Alachua County Library District branch or book drop.
- How many hotspots can a person check out?
One hotspot per library card.
- What if the hotspot is not working?
Make sure the hotspot is fully charged. If you cannot connect to the Internet, check the hotspot’s display for the availability of cellular data service. If the display is dark, press the power button once quickly to wake it. Check the signal strength indicator in the upper-left corner of the screen.
If you have any questions about the operation of the hotspot, call the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3950 during operating hours.
- What if I lose it?
You are responsible for costs associated with the loss or damage of the hotspot, micro-USB charger, case, and Quick Start Guide, up to $85 total.
Overdue hotspots will be deactivated after 24 hours. Overdue hotspots will be marked as lost after 30 days and you will be charged up to $85 for the replacement cost of the device and materials.
- How many hotspots can I put on hold?
One per library card.
- Can Student Library Cards check out a hotspot?
Using Computers at the Library
All library locations have computers with Internet access available for public use.
Some locations offer:
- Express (Guest) PCs for short internet sessions
- PC workstations designed for children
- eGovernment PCs used to apply for unemployment or other government assistance
Learn more about Using Computers at the Library