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WiFi Mobile Hotspots WiFi Mobile Hotspots

The Peoria Public Library now offers Mobile Beacon 4G hotspots. Internet service is provided on Sprint's 4G LTE network allowing library patrons access to high-speed internet service anywhere a cell phone signal can be received. Up to 10 devices can be connected. Please note that if Sprint coverage is not available, the devices will not work effectively. Visit the Sprint website to view their coverage map.

Image of a mobile hotspot

Why Would You Want to Borrow a Hotspot?

  • You don't have unlimited data with your phone plan but need to get on the internet.
  • You don't have internet access at home but need to use the internet when the library is closed.

How Can I Borrow a Hotspot?

WiFi Hotspot Policy and Requirements

  • You must be a Peoria Public Library card holder (library card needs to be in good standing with a current address on file and may not have overdue fees at $10.00 or more).
  • You must be 18 years or older and present a valid I.D. with birth date listed to checkout a device (name on I.D. must match name on library card).
  • The library is not responsible for any liabilities, damage or expense resulting from use or misuse of the device, connection of the device to other electronic devices or any loss of data resulting from use of device.
  • Any use of the device for illegal purposes, unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material in any format or transmission of threatening, harassing, defamatory or obscene materials is strictly prohibited.
  • Internet filtering is provided through CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) and borrowers are responsible for monitoring what their children/other users access via the hotspot. Visit the CIPA website for more information..
  • WiFi hotspots are for use in the continental U.S. only, where Sprint 4G LTE overage is available (devices are not equipped to roam and are not covered in Extended LTE, LTE Roaming and Off-network Roaming areas).
  • Library staff are unable to provide technical assistance with the hotspots. Please refer to the Quick Start guide or Visit the Sprint mobile hotspot user guide.
  • Supported Web browsers for the hotspot are: Microsoft Internet Explorer (8.0 or later), Mozilla Firefox (3.1 or later), Safari (5.0 or later), Google Chrome (36.0 or later).
  • The hotspot should be kept in a temperature controlled environment. Please do not leave it in your car!
  • Your internet usage is not tracked by the library or the service provider. The library does not provide patron information to the service provider. The only data about the hotspot program that the library collects is the total amount of data transmitted and received by each device during a billing cycle.

Loan Rules and Duration

  • Hotspots are available for checkout at the Circulation desk.
  • Hotspots may be checked out for 3 weeks and cannot be renewed.
  • Hotspots may be placed on a hold through the Online Catalog.
  • Late fees are $1.00 per day, with a $7.00 maximum. Overdue hotspots that are not returned will have Internet access deactivated and a replacement fee of $130 will be charged.
  • Hotspots may not be returned in the book return, they must be returned to the circulation desk (Hotspots must be returned to the library that it was checked out at).
  • Borrowers are limited to one hotspot checkout per household.
  • Patrons are responsible for costs associated with loss or damage of the mobile hotspot and/or peripherals.
  • Patron must fill out a Checkout Agreement form at the time of checkout as well as a User Survey when hotspot is returned.

*The Hotspot Lending Program is a part of the Digital Inclusion Corps, a pilot cooperative project of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, a program of the PAST Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant #MG-00-17-0002-17.