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 4 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 Library.
  • $50 replacement fee for a lost device.

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

Thanks to the support of Mayor Hagerty and the Good Neighbor Fund from Northwestern University, the Evanston Public Library was able to purchase an additional 50 hot spots (for a total of 145) to meet the needs of residents throughout Evanston who do not have internet at home.

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