The Bellevue Public Library now has 10 hotspots to check out to the public to help provide additional access to the Internet to community members.
The 10 hotspots were purchased as part of a CARES Act grant received by the library through the Nebraska Library Commission to help mitigate some of the effects of COVID-19. “The pandemic has underscored the importance of online access for so many of the things we do,” said Julie Dinville, Bellevue Library Director. “We hope that the hotspots will help provide the Internet to those who may not otherwise have ready access.”
The hotspots can be checked out for three weeks and provide up to 5 GB of data service through Verizon. The hotspots can be checked out to cardholders 18 years and older who have a current library card in good standing and who have had their card for at least 4 months.
Due to the restricted number of hotspots currently available through the library, checkouts will be limited to one per household at a time. There will be no renewals at this time, but holds can be placed on the hotspots. Persons wishing to check out the devices will need to sign an agreement of use. Fines will be $5 per day each day the hotspot is overdue (there is a four-day grace period as with other library materials) with a total replacement cost of $50 for any devices that are lost or damaged.
For more information on the hotspot checkout program, please contact the Bellevue Public Library at 402-293-3157.