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W-Fi Hotspot Lending

If you need access to the Internet, your Library can help. Thanks to an ARPA grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services,  Nassau County Public Library System is now able to lend mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices. If you have a library card with NCPLS, you can check out a hotspot for free!

To see if coverage is available where you would like to use a hotspot, check the cell network coverage maps

When the hotspot is connected to the Internet, it uses its own Wi-Fi signal to share access to the Internet. Up to 10 devices such as computers, tablets, or cell phones can connect at the same time. A cell phone won’t need to use its data plan when it’s connected to the Internet using a Wi-Fi hotspot.

You may borrow a single hotspot for 2 weeks. If no one is waiting, it can be renewed up to 3 times. Only one hotspot request per patron is allowed at a time. Visit our online catalog to place a request on an Orbic Speed hotspot. (we’ll put a link to our catalog once it is cataloged)

Hotspots come in a case with a charger, charging cable, and an instruction card. Because of the protective case it is fine to return them in a library book drop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Borrow?

Individuals with NCPLS library card can borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot.

If you’re having trouble placing a request for a hotspot, Ask Us!

What does it cost?

There is no charge to borrow and use a hotspot.

Hotspots are subject to the usual charges for lost/damaged materials. If you lose the hotspot or damage it beyond repair we will charge $88 to your library account.

How long can I borrow at hotspot?

You can borrow a hotspot for 2 weeks. A hotspot can be renewed up to 3 times if there is no one else waiting to borrow one.

 If the hotspot is out past its due date, it will stop giving you access to the internet within 24 hours.

Where can I return a hotspot?

You can return a hotspot at all the normal library return locations including any Nassau County Public Library location.

What comes in the Orbic Speed case?

  • Hotspot device
  • Charging brick
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Quick-guide card
  • Card containing Network Name and Password

How do I start using the Orbic Speed

  1. Press and hold the Power Button on the front for about 3 seconds. If it won’t turn on, try charging the battery.
  2. The Wi-Fi is active and connected to the internet when the Cell Network Signal Strength indicator has at least one white bar Network Strength and the Wi-Fi indicator is lit. WiFi Signal Icon
  3. In the Wi-Fi setting of your device, select the hotspot’s Network Name, and enter the password when prompted.

How do I recharge the hotspot’s battery?

When the battery indicator shows a red exclamation point No Battery Icon  you’ll need to charge the battery. Connect the USB-C cable (included) to the power supply (included) and the hotspot, and plug the power supply into an electrical socket. Charge until the battery indicator is fully white inside. Full Battery Icon

Where will the hotspot work?

See Verizon’s network coverage map to see whey they have 4G data coverage.