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 www.bplonline.org
“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
Fines and Liability
- 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.
- 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 MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BPL
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at www.bplonline.org
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.