wi-fi hotspots

What is a Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot?

A mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is a device that you can take with you to access the internet from wherever you are. Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots connect to cellular data the same where a smart phone does to create a secure and reliable internet connection for devices that need one.

What libraries are offering Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots?

Use our Hot Spot Map to find libraries that are lending hot spots.

Massachusetts residents with library cards in good standing are eligible to borrow a state funded hot spot from any library that is offering one. Check with your local library first.

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Some libraries not participating in the state program may also lend hotspots.  Check the library's catalog, or its "Library of Things", or contact the library directly to find out.

What can I do with a Mobile Hotspot?

Wi-Fi hotspots allow for:

  • Telehealth visits
  • Job searches
  • Online classes
  • Homework research
  • Video calls with friends and family

And anything else you need a reliable internet connection for.

Who can Borrow a Hotspot?

Adults that are Massachusetts residents with a library card from a Massachusetts library in good standing can borrow a hot spot from any library offering one.

Does it cost anything for me to use one?

Like all things that are borrowed from the library, mobile hotspots are free to those who take them out to use. Using the internet with the hot spot is also free.

What is the speed of the hot spot?

For information about hot spot internet speed, check the T-Mobile Internet Services information on their website.

Not sure a hotspot will work in your area? Check the T-Mobile Coverage Map

Take a survey to tell us about your experience using a hotspot

The hotspot program is brought to you by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and your local library with funding from American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 as administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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