Alameda County Library is pleased to announce the expansion of its Wi-Fi Hotspot lending program. The Wi-Fi hotspot lending program called Tech It Home, is a pilot program that provides unlimited, high-speed internet service anywhere AT&T provides data coverage. Funded by the Alameda County Library Foundation, Wi-Fi hotspots are now available at the Albany, Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont Main, San Lorenzo, and Union City Libraries.
Wi-Fi hotspots are portable devices that can connect a smartphone, laptop, or tablet to the internet. Tech It Home gives families and communities without internet access, opportunities to connect, complete homework, conduct job searches, and explore knowledge online. The program began last year at the Centerville and Newark Libraries. Due to high demand, the Library has added more devices at additional branch libraries, thanks to funding by the Alameda County Library Foundation.
Wi-Fi hotspots are perfect for those without internet access at home and for those who need to conduct school or business work on the go. You can connect up to 10 devices to the mobile Wi-Fi hotspot at once.
Where can I check out a Wi-Fi Hotspot?
The Wi-Fi Hotspot lending program is a pilot program with a total of 70 devices available at several branch libraries of the Alameda County Library system. With a limited number of devices, they are available on a first-come first-served basis.
Wi-Fi hotspots may be checked out from the following branch libraries:
- Castro Valley
- Fremont Main
- San Lorenzo
- Union City
Who can borrow a Wi-Fi Hotspot?
Alameda County Library card holders in good standing with a current address may borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot.
How long can I keep it?
Wi-Fi hotspots can be checked out for three weeks. Internet service will be disabled once the three weeks are up. Wi-Fi hotspots may not be renewed. Upon return it will be made available for other patrons after refreshing.
How do I return it?
Wi-Fi hotspots can be returned to the circulation desk of any branch in the Alameda County Library system during that library's open hours. Hotspots should not be placed in the book return slots. Devices must be returned with all the packaging and accessories.
What is the cost?
Wi-Fi hotspots are FREE to check out.
A late fee of $0.25 per day is charged. A $50 replacement fee will be billed if the hotspot is not returned.
Can I use the Wi-Fi Hotspot anywhere?
The Wi-Fi hotspots connect to the internet anywhere AT&T has service. They do not work outside of the United States.
Can I connect multiple devices to the Wi-Fi Hotspot?
You can connect up to 10 devices on the Wi-Fi hotspot.
How do I use the Wi-Fi Hotspot?
A Quick Start Guide is included with each device.