July-October 2019: Hotspot Lending Program Trial

From July to October 2019, New Glarus Public Library will be testing a hotspot lending program. Please check out a hotspot and share your feedback!

The library has available two portable Wi-Fi hotspots, or wireless access points, for New Glarus library patrons to borrow.  These Wi-Fi hotspots connect to the Sprint network and can be used with laptops, tablets, phones, portable games or other devices that access the Internet through a wireless connection.  They provide unlimited, high speed data throughput when connected to the Sprint cellular data network.

With the hotspots patrons can stream video to their devices without using their data plan, or can take a hotspot and their wireless devices on vacation and have fast, unlimited data as long as a Sprint cellular network is available.  As many as ten devices can be connected at one time, so the whole family can enjoy Internet access away from your home Wi-Fi network.

These Wi-Fi hotspots were purchased with funds donated by the Friends of the New Glarus Public Library. 

These devices can be reserved by asking library staff or calling the library to place a hold. 

The following policies apply when borrowing Wi-Fi Hotspots:

  • You must have New Glarus as your home library.
  • You must have an ADULT library card in good standing.

Loan Rules and Duration

  • 1 week (7 day) loan.
  • Renewals might be possible if no one else is waiting. Call the library to check.
  • Once your loan period begins, you and other members of your household cannot place another hold until you’ve returned the hotspot.
  • Devices are loaned on a first come, first served basis. A waitlist will be maintained if necessary. See a librarian or call (608-527-2003) to place a hold.
  • Return to New Glarus Circulation Desk ONLY, not in the Book Drop. A $10 fine will be assessed if the book drop is used.
  • Overdue fines are $1 per day. The device will be shut off after 5 days of being overdue.
  • If the device is lost or damaged, a $50 replacement fee will be assessed.

The library is not responsible for damage to any device connected to the Internet through the borrowed hotspot, nor for any content received over the Internet. Tampering with library equipment, software or programming, including bypassing security functions, is prohibited.