In order to promote access to online resources, the Old Bridge Public Library (OBPL) circulates mobile WiFi hot spots.  OBPL lends hot spots to OBPL cardholders in good standing (i.e. card is not blocked due to unpaid fines or fees) and 18 years of age and older.  A patron must present their OBPL card and a current, valid, government issued photo identification to the Circulation Desk staff to checkout a hot spot.  Parents and guardians may borrow a hot spot for those under 18.

Hot spot checkout is limited to one per household.  A hot spot cannot be borrowed by the same patron, or another person living in the same household, more than once in a 45 consecutive day period.  The loan period is three weeks and the hot spots cannot be renewed or reserved. Borrowers cannot loan a hot spot to another person.  When the hot spot reaches one day overdue it will be deactivated, rendering the device unusable.  An overdue charge of $10 per day will be charged up to a maximum of $100.  Hot spots are available at the Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis from the time of opening until 15 minutes before closing. 

IMPORTANT:  Hot spots are fragile and must be returned at the Circulation Desk and not in the book drops.  Devices returned in a book drop will result in a $10 fine.  The patron is responsible for any changes in condition while the device is in the patron’s care.  Damaged, lost or stolen hot spots will be charged at full replacement cost of $100. 

Each hot spot circulates in a bag with a micro-USB charger, Get Started Guide and a copy of this policy.  All items must be returned at the end of the loan period.  The replacement cost for a damaged, lost or stolen charger is $15.

PLEASE NOTE: The Library reserves the right to refuse lending of these devices to patrons who abuse equipment or who are repeatedly late in returning devices.  The Library is not responsible for any liability, damages, or expenses resulting from use or misuse of these devices, connection of the device to other electronic devices or networks, or data loss resulting from use of these devices.  The Library is not responsible for information accessed using this device or for personal information shared over the Internet.  Engaging in any behavior meant to harm another person, such as cyberbullying, or use of a hot spot to access websites which are illegal or contain illegal content when using the hotspot will result in loss of borrowing privileges.

Proper Care and Use

  • Do not leave the hotspot in a hot vehicle for an extended period of time.
  • Do not remove the sim card for any reason.
  • If the hotspot prompts you to update its software you may accept.
  • If your device displays a message that says, “Data Limit Reached”, try turning the device off for a few minutes and then restart. This may resolve the issue when it is reactivated.
  • Do not leave the hot spot plugged in. Once it is fully charged, unplug it and let the battery run down before charging again.  Please return the hot spot fully charged.


Approved by the Library Board of Trustees:  January 11, 2017; revised September 13, 2017.

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