DEXTER, MI — The Dexter District Library now has more than just books.
It recently started a program that allows patrons to check out laptop computers and mobile internet devices called “hotspots” for free.
“Our goal of providing a hot-spot collection is to allow Dexter District Library patrons with valid Dexter District Library cards the opportunity to test a particular carrier before purchasing their own device and for temporary uses such as vacations, education, employment, special projects, etc.,” the library website says. “They are not intended to provide patrons with permanent Internet access.”
Patrons may check out individual hot-spots, which are able to provide wireless internet signals to ten different devices at a time, within 40 feet of the hot spot.
The district obtained three hot spots each from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Four devices come accompanied with a laptop.
They may be reserved on the library website and checked out for up to two weeks at a time. Late charges are $1 per day and accrue for ten days before internet service is shut off and the patron must pay for the full cost of the device, up to $200 per hot spot and $1,000 per laptop, the website says.