Wi-Fi Hotspots for Internet Service On The Go

“Borrow the Internet” with a Wi-Fi Hotspot


Evanston residents age 16 or older who are cardholders of the Evanston Public Library can “Borrow the Internet” through a Wi-Fi Hotspot lending program. Wi-Fi Hotspots are small, portable devices that let patrons bring free internet service into their homes or wherever service is desired, for up to four weeks at a time.

Here’s how it works:

  • Place a hold on a Wi-Fi Hotspot through the EPL catalog.
  • You must provide a valid photo ID: driver’s license, state ID or High School ID.
  • You can borrow one device per library card.
  • Keep your device for up to four weeks. It is non-renewable, but you can place another hold after you return it.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspots can be picked up and returned to the Main (Downtown) Library and the Robert Crown Branch Library.
  • $65 replacement fee for a lost device.

For more information about this internet lending program, please call 847-448-8620.

Thanks to the support of former Evanston mayor, Steve Hagerty, and the Good Neighbor Fund from Northwestern University, the Library was able to purchase these hotspots to meet the needs of residents throughout Evanston who do not have internet at home.

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