Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, December 11, 2015
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        

Birmingham Public Library Lending Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpots

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-Good news for Birmingham residents desiring Wi-Fi access for the holidays. Five Birmingham Public Library locations are now offering Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot devices that allow you to connect a mobile-enabled device—such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet—to the Internet. The devices are available for checkout at the following public libraries in Birmingham:  Avondale, Central, Five Points West, North Birmingham, and Springville Road.

The Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot is portable, so you can connect your device almost wherever you go - whether at home, in the park, or on vacation. Karyn Davis-West, Central Public Services Coordinator for the Birmingham Public Library, said “the new Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot devices are an extension of the free Wi-Fi available at all of BPL’s 19 locations.”

The mobile devices are part of a growing trend nationally in which public libraries are expanding services beyond traditional lending of books, DVDs and CDs.  Davis-West said a recent report by the National League of Cities explains the importance of Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot checkouts in libraries:"These lending programs perform a critical role: in addition to providing basic broadband access to low-income residents, they allow patrons to access free e-books and other digital library resources, and they enable users to complete online job applications and perform other critical web-based processes at home. Outreach efforts are also aimed at the elderly and disabled, who often need access to healthcare information."

For more information about checking out a Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot, visit or call one of the participating libraries. You may also reserve a Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot device online at

“The Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot devices have been popular since they were quietly unveiled in July,” Davis-West said. As of Friday, Dec. 11, 175 have been checked out.”
There are a total of 12 Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot devices available to the public, for check out one week only: two each at Avondale, Five Points West, North Birmingham, and Springville Road. Four devices are available at the Central Library downtown.    

Guidelines for Borrowing and Use Outside of the BPL                                                          
  • Patron must be 21 years of age or older to checkout a Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot.
  • A valid Jefferson County Library account and a current driver’s license, passport, or military photo ID must be presented at the time of checkout.
  • Patron must be a Birmingham resident.
  • Patron must be in good standing with the library, with a current address on file and no fines above $5.
  • The Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot may be checked out for one week with no renewals. They must be returned to the owning library.
  • An overdue Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot will be deactivated within 24 hours of due date.
  • The Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot can provide Wi‐Fi Internet access for up to 10 devices.
  • Internet content filtering is not provided through the Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot device. Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring what their children access via the Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot devices circulated by BPL.
 Fines and Liability
  • The overdue fine is $1 per day until returned.
  • Patrons will be charged $25 for a Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot returned to a book drop (indoor or outdoor) or to another library.
  • The Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot should be kept in a temperature controlled environment; do not leave it in your car.
  • The patron is responsible for costs associated with loss or damage of the Mobile Wi-Fi HotSpot and/or peripherals.
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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