- Public computers and printing/copying: Free access to public PCs available with a library card. Time restrictions may apply.
- Laptop and Hotspot Kits: Check out a laptop kit with a Google Chromebook and WiFi hotspot. Kits check out for ten days. One laptop kit per library card holder 18 years and older, with a photo ID. They can be placed on hold through the library catalog or picked up in the library as they are available.
- Laptops: Google Chromebooks without hotspots are also available for checkout. One laptop per library card holder 18 years and older, with a photo ID. They can be placed on hold through the library catalog or picked up in the library as they are available. Laptops are also available for use inside the library.
Library card holders can check hotspots out for 10 days.
Overdue hotspots will have internet access deactivated within 24 hours beyond their due date.
The hotspot device, case and charger should be returned together to any Metro Library Network location (Cedar Rapids, Marion, or Hiawatha).
Borrowing and using the device is free, but if the device is lost or damaged you may be charged for the replacement cost.
The Metro Library Network is not responsible for internet usage on hotspots. There is no internet filtering or site blocking on these devices, and this should be kept in mind when allowing children or minors to access the internet through the device.
WiFi Hotspot FAQs
Yes. To help keep data usage low, you are able to block other devices that have connected to your hotspot by going to the menu screen, scrolling over to connected devices, selecting connected devices and then blocking unwanted users.
Once powered on, the hotspot will show up on your device as MLNHotSpot01, MLNHotSpot02, etc. You can find the name and password on the back of the hotspot and on the display under “Wi-Fi Name/Password.”
No, the hotspots only work in the United States.
Texting/SMS messaging is not available.
Your internet usage is not tracked by the library or the service provider. The library does not have access to or collect specific usage data. The library does not provide patron information to the service provider. The only data about the hotspot that may be collected is (a) the total amount of data transmitted and received by each device during a billing cycle, (b) anonymous circulation data related to checkouts of the hotspot devices and (c) data that patrons choose to submit to us anonymously. The internet service provider for the hotspot does not monitor or track the websites users visit or the information users submit (user names, passwords, credit card information, etc.).