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The South Irving Public Library now offers Wi-Fi Hotspots

The Irving Public Library now offers Wi-Fi hotspots to provide Irving residents with free internet access at home. Any Irving Resident with a full access library card can borrow one for three weeks. To check out a hotspot visit the South Irving Library first floor info desk.

What is a Wi-Fi hotspot?

A Wi-Fi hotspot is a small device that uses a cell phone signal to create a Wi-Fi network to connect your computer, tablet, or phone to the internet.

How do I get a hotspot?

You must be a resident of Irving with a library card that allows you to check out physical materials. If you don’t have a library card, you can sign up for one for free (learn how here). The hotspots can only be borrowed from the first-floor information desk at the South Irving Library. You will be asked to fill out a very short survey before borrowing the hotspot.

Can I place a hotspot on hold?

Yes. However, you can only choose the South Irving Library as your pickup location. hotspot cannot be shipped to the Valley Ranch or West Irving libraries. Please come to the first-floor information desk to collect your hotspot once you have received the notification that it is ready for pickup.

Why can’t I borrow a hotspot from the West Irving or Valley Ranch libraries? Why only the South Irving Library?

Hotspots cannot be sent to the other two library locations because the funding for them comes from a grant program that those locations are not eligible for. However, if you are an Irving resident who usually visits the West Irving or Valley Ranch locations, you are welcome to bring your card to the South Irving Library to check out a hotspot.

How long can I keep the hotspot?

You may keep the hotspot for three weeks, just like a book. At this time no renewals are allowed for hotspot. You can place a hold to be put back in line for another hotspot.

Is there a charge for using the hotspot?

No. Borrowing the hotspot is free, no matter how much data you use. However, patrons who lose a hotspot will be charged a $50 replacement fee.

Can I use the hotspot to stream video? Are there restrictions on what I can do with it?

The hotspot has unlimited data and can stream video in standard definition. However, access to some websites may be blocked. In order to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Library has placed a web filter on the hotspot.

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