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Mobile Hotspots

MOBILE HOTSPOT CHECKOUTS

Mobile Hotspots provide customers with internet access for their own devices.

In-District library customers can check out a mobile hotspot for a 28-day borrowing period. These Mobile Hotspots are intended to help library customers with limited or no internet access gain connectivity to the internet.

To check out a mobile hotspot:

Call the library at 509.893.8400 during library open hours, currently 12–6pm, Monday–Saturday.

Library staff will reserve a hotspot for you or will place you on the waiting list.

Eligibility requirements to check out hotspots include the following:

If you are placed on the wait list for a Mobile Hotspot when you call, you will be notified once the hotspot device is available for pickup.

Some details about Mobile Hotspot checkouts:

  • The borrowing period for Mobile Hotspots cannot be renewed beyond the 28-day checkout period.
  • If a Mobile Hotspot is not returned within three days of the due date, the service on the device will be suspended, making the device inoperable.

This service is made possible through a Washington State Library grant provided in response to expanding digital network access during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

WHAT IS A MOBILE HOTSPOT

Mobile hotspots provide customers with internet access for their own devices.

A mobile hotspot uses data from an LTE connection and converts it into a Wi-Fi signal that your laptop, tablet, smart TV, smartphone, and other mobile devices can use to access the internet with a strong, fast, and secure connection.

VERIZON COVERAGE AREA

Before checking out a Mobile Hotspot, you may want to check on the Verizon Coverage Map to see if your area has data coverage so the Mobile Hotspot will work (https://www.verizon.com/reusable-content/landing-page/coverage-map.html).

Areas in shades of red on the map are within the Verizon coverage area. Darker areas have better connections than lighter areas.

CHECK COVERAGE MAP

DEVICE DETAILS FROM VERIZON

The Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS900L is a pocket-sized device for Internet on the go. Easily connect up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Internet, from tablets and laptops to portable gaming systems. The battery provides up to 10 hours of power for checking email, browsing the web, sharing, streaming, and more on the Verizon 4G LTE network.

BASIC HOTSPOT INSTRUCTIONS

To connect a computer or mobile device to a hotspot:

  1. Press and hold the power button for 2 seconds to turn on the Mobile Hotspot.
  2. Wait for “Verizon 4G LTE” to appear on the screen.
  3. Quickly press the power button twice to view the network name. (It will be a variation of SCLDHotspot####. This network name is also marked on the exterior of the hotspot device.)
  4. Quickly press the power button again to view the network password.
  5. On the computer or mobile device you’d like to connect, open the Wi-Fi controls (sometimes found in Settings) and look for the SCLDHotspot#### network.
  6. Select that network, and click Connect.
  7. When prompted, enter the password.

To charge the Mobile Hotspot device, connect the charging cord to the back of the device and plug into a power source.