By the end of January, Reddick Public Library patrons will be able to check out the entire internet for home use.
Monday, the library board unanimously passed a WiFi hotspot lending policy.
A growing number of libraries nationally are offering this service.
A hotspot device allows an internet connection to mobile-enabled devices such as smartphones, laptops or tablets.
The device the Reddick Library plans to offer will allow the connection of up to 10 devices.
“It will help us bridge that digital divide we know we have in our community,” said Library Director Molly DeBernardi.
The hotspots will provide temporary internet to patrons who can not afford the service or who may want to evaluate whether it is right for their home.
But because hotspots are portable they may prove useful for patrons who want to have internet while they are on vacation, DeBernardi said.
Although other libraries allow younger patrons to check out hotspots, the Reddick board decided to set the age at 18 for reasons both of financial responsibility and parental control.
“I’ve had friends who had to turn off the WiFi on their kids,” said Board Member Melissa Hulse.
DeBernardi praised Stephanie Sullivan, the library’s technology coordinator, for preparing the hotspot policy.
“She really made it easy for us to get to this spot,” DeBernardi said.
Reddick library WiFi hotspot guidelines
- Patrons must have a Reddick Library card.
- Patrons must be at least 18 years old.
- Hotspots can be checked out for one week.
- Hotspots may not be renewed.
- Hotspots overdue 10 days will be deactivated.
- The late fee is $5 per day.
- Hotspots must be returned to the circulation desk.
- The fine for returning a hotspot in the book drop is $25.