Mobile Hotspots

T-Mobile Hotspot Lending Program

The Erie County Public Library T-Mobile Hotspot is an easy-to-use, mobile hotspot that connects your tablet, laptop and other Wi-Fi–enabled device to the Internet.

You can connect up to 10 devices to 4G LTE and 3G networks. Visit the T-Mobile Coverage Map for  your area to confirm coverage.

What do I need to know?

How do I check out the device?
Stop by any ECPL outlet or use your Library card to place a hold and check it out just like any other item.

Who can check out it out?
Adult cardholders with a valid Erie County Public Library card (Blasco, Bookmobile, Edinboro, Iroquois, Lincoln Community Center and Millcreek Branch locations) can borrow an ECPL T-Mobile Hotspot. Don’t have a Library card? Apply here.

How long can I keep it?
You can borrow it for 10 days. Overdue hotspots will have Internet access deactivated within 24 hours beyond their due date.

Can I reserve a hotspot to check out for a particular date and time?
No.   You can place holds on the hotspots, but we cannot guarantee their availability for a specific date or time. Hotspots are available on a first-come/first-served basis like all our Library materials.

Can I use the hotspot outside of the U.S.?
No. The hotspots only work in the U.S.

Can I use the hotspot to send/receive text messages?
No. Texting/SMS messaging is not available.

How do I return it?
You can return the hotspot to any ECPL outlet or book drop, just like other items. You must return the device with all the original packaging and accessories.

Can I renew it?
You can renew the hotspot up to two (2) times if there is not a waiting list.

How much does it cost?
Borrowing and using the device is free! It is a $1.00 per day late fee. If the device is lost or damaged beyond repair, a $140 fee will be charged to your Library account.

What information about my Internet usage, if any, is tracked by the Library?
Your Internet usage is not tracked by the Library . While using the library’s hotspot you are governed by the same rules as our Wireless Policy.

What if I don’t return the device?
Failure to return the device after one week will result in the Library sending your account to  collections.

How to Connect (pdfs):

T-Mobile Hotspot (Android)

T-Mobile Hotspot (iPhone/iPAD)

T-Mobile Hotspot (Windows Laptop)

Other questions? Please call (814) 451-6927 during regular business hours at the Blasco Library, or email library-reference@eriecountypa.gov