Bloomsburg Public Library’s T-Mobile Hotspot Lending Program

The Bloomsburg Public Library T-Mobile Hotspot is an easy-to-use device that connects your tablet, laptop and other Wi-Fi–enabled device to the Internet. Mobile hotspots rely on cell service. You can connect up to 15 devices to 4G LTE and 3G networks. The Library’s hotspot gives you Unlimited data.

For a small fee, the Library Hotspot program allows library card holders to access unlimited, high-speed Internet service anywhere a T-Mobile signal can be received.  Connect up to 15 devices at a time, including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.

A Library Hotspot is perfect for those who have no Internet access at home, are going on vacation, or taking their business on the road.

Detailed BPL Mobile Hotspot Borrowing Policy.

Please call 570-784-0883 for an appointment to pick up a hotspot.We recommend that you reserve a hotspot in advance through the online system or by phone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can borrow a hotspot?

Adult library cardholders in good standing can borrow a hotspot for one or two weeks. (No unpaid fines for self or any family member; not banned from services.)

All I need is a library card to borrow a hotspot like a book?

No – you will need to bring a driver’s license or state ID and one other document that verifies your current address. We accept current utility bills, bank statements, or other documents. The document should be less than 45 days old.  Please see the BPL Mobile Hotspot Borrowing Policy for details.

Is there a charge to borrow a Hotspot?

Yes. We ask patrons to pay a small fee or $5 for 7 days or $10 for 14 days.

Payment will be due at time of check out and no refunds are given for early return or shortened rentals.

How do I borrow a Hotspot?

Just come to the Library and fill out the simple Agreement.  A staff member will go over everything you need to know.

How long can I keep it?

Seven or 14 days. No renewal, sorry.

Will the hotspot work everywhere?

The Hotspot works wherever there is a T-Mobile cell signal which is just about everywhere.

Can I reserve a Hotspot?

Yes!  You can call the library or reserve a Hotspot through the online catalog just like a book.  Just search for the term “Hotspot.” Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a Hotspot for a specific date. Reserve early.  (Please call us if you change your mind and want to cancel.)

Can I renew the hotspot I have checked out? 

We’re sorry that we cannot offer renewals on the Hotspots at this time.  A Hotspot may be checked out again after 14 days, in person, if it is not reserved for other patrons.

How do I return the Hotspot?

You must bring it back to the library and hand it to a staff member.  You have to go through a checklist and if everything is okay, we check it in.  You CANNOT put it in the book drop.  We charge an extra $10!

What is the overdue fine?

You really don’t want to keep it past the due date – we charge $10 per day. If the device becomes 7 days overdue, we will call law enforcement and consider the device stolen.  Ouch!

What happens if I lose it or it gets damaged?

The replacement cost is at least $140. You are fully responsible for the device.

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 the same rules as our wireless policy.

Is internet content filtering enforced on mobile hotspots?
There is no Internet content filtering, but parents and guardians are responsible for a child’s use of the mobile hotspot and the material accessed. The Bloomsburg Public Library is not responsible for the Internet’s content, data collected or transmitted via a mobile hotspot, or for any misuse of copyrighted material or any other violation of law.

Who do I contact if I have questions or a problem with the hotspot?

You can talk to a library staff member by calling 570-784-0883.  Please return a defective Hotspot to the library ASAP.