Busy families & road-trippers rejoice! The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is making life easier for you and your family on the go with new Internet hotspots.[sws_pullquote_right]They are great for those long trips in the car when you’d like to stream movies, play games, download books, music and more! [/sws_pullquote_right] HMCPL is adding THE INTERNET to the long list of resources available for patrons to check out. We are partnering with T-Mobile to provide unlimited downloads through a small, hand-held device that will create a personal Wi-Fi bubble. We call these devices hotspots.
These mobile Wi-Fi hotspots will let you save money on your phone data plans and still have a personal Internet access point to take on vacation or to use in your cars, homes, and any other place where you need to connect. They are great for those long trips in the car when you’d like to stream movies, play games, download books, music and more.
Each hotspot can have up to 10 mobile devices — iPads, Kindles, laptops, even PlayStations or Nintendo handhelds — connected simultaneously. They connect to the Internet via T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network, allowing download speeds potentially over 30 megabits per second (Mbps). Everyone can play!
HMCPL will have 100 hotspots available for lending system-wide.
The devices can be placed on hold and returned to any location in the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library system. The fee is small for so much service: unlimited downloading and peace of mind (or the backseat!) Just stop by your local branch or visit us on the web 24-7 at www.hmcpl.org.
This service is just another way the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is connecting the community at large with technology that is accessible to all.
- $10 for one week, or $20 per 2 week checkout. Payment must be made at the time of checkout.
- No renewals.
- Patrons are responsible for verifying the network coverage at and for charging the device.
- No refunds!
- Holds can be placed on the items.
- The units will be in a box with a charging cable, power adapter, and the hotspot. All items must be returned.
- Late fees are $1 a day with a $20 cap. In case of an item not returned within 3 days of its due date, the
item will be marked lost and will be deactivated and the device will become unusable. Replacement fee for lost item will be the full cost, or $110.
To check coverage in your area, visit the TMobile website coverage map.
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Mandy Pinyan has been a passionate book lover from an early age, where being busted for bringing Stephen King to school (a book, not the guy) led to much reading by flashlight. She turned out okay. She is the Youth Services Coordinator and Manager of Outreach Services at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library Extension and Outreach Department, where she can be seen driving a Rainbow Van or a Bookmobile in between gigs. Mom to a tween, Adelyn and wife to a ruggedly handsome outdoorsman with an obsession with planting bamboo, Mandy finds enjoyment in painting, gardening and geeking out over various pop culture. A small menagerie of pets - dachshunds Matt Damon and Angel, kitty BB and Boston-Chihuahua-chupacabra mix Bailey just make the chaos complete.