Mobile Wi-Fi Technology
The Seguin Public Library continues to expand the services it provides to the community by offering free-of-charge hotspots with unlimited data. Thanks to funding received through the FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), the library now has 50 hotspots, 20 tablets and 20 laptops with unlimited data available for customers to check out for 30 days.
The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is part to the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and was established to provide funds to help schools and public libraries provide broadband connectivity to the communities they serve through Wi-Fi hotspots and connected devices such as tablets and laptops.
Mobile Wi-Fi technology provides access to the internet away from the library. Mobile Wi-Fi devices are portable and are used to connect a mobile-enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet to the Internet. Mobile Wi-Fi devices rely on cell tower technology and coverage. User experience can vary based on location. Users are encouraged to use safe Internet practices. The library provides hotspots and tablets/laptops with cellular connectivity built-in that will allow up to 5 devices to be connected.
Devices may be borrowed by Seguin Public Library cardholders that meet the following criteria:
- Cardholder must be present and 18 years of age or older.
- Cardholder must present a valid government issued photo ID. School ID’s are not accepted.
- Library card must be in good standing (fines under $10.00, no damage/lost fees, and no items overdue more than 30 days).
- Patron must have been an active cardholder for three consecutive months.
- TexShare cardholders from other libraries are not allowed to check Mobile Wi-Fi devices.
- Each time a device is borrowed by a cardholder, a Device Borrowing Agreement Form must be completed and submitted prior to checkout.
- Mobile device checkout is limited to one device per household in any given 30-day loan period.
- The mobile Wi-Fi devices loan period is 30 days.
- The devices have unlimited data allowance per day.
- Borrowers may connect 5 devices per borrowed equipment.
- When the checkout period has expired, the device will be deactivated, rendering it unusable.
- Mobile Wi-Fi devices may not be renewed or reserved. They are checked out on a first come, first-serve basis.
- Mobile Wi-Fi devices may only be checked out at and returned to the first-floor service desk. Returning devices in the book returns is prohibited.
- A fee will be assessed if returned in the book returns.
- Borrowers, along with a library staff member, will verify that all accessories are present and in good condition at the time of checkout and check in using the Checkout/Check-In device checklist .
Devices are filtered to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). To address the special concerns raised by access to the Internet by minors, the Seguin Public Library established the Children’s Internet Safety policy as part of the Library Technology and Internet Access Policy.