T-Mobile Hotspots Now Available

The Bethlehem Area Public Library is partnering with T-Mobile to offer free mobile hotspots to our patrons.

The library mobile hotspot program allows library card holders to access unlimited, high-speed Internet service anywhere a T-Mobile signal can be received. The library currently offers 30 mobile wireless hotspots for checkout (15 at the Main Library and 15 at the South Side branch). These units can offer up to 4G LTE service and are perfect for travel, schoolwork, job hunting, and more.

How It Works

Do I need a library card to check out a mobile hotspot?
Yes. Anyone 18 years or older wishing to check out a mobile hotspot will need to have a current, updated Bethlehem Area Public Library card with no more than $10 in fines.

How much does it cost?
Borrowing and using the device is free! There is a $2.00 per day late fee. Mobile hotspots will be deactivated on the first day they are overdue.

How long can I keep it?
You can borrow a mobile hotspot for up to 7 days.

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

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

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

How do I return it?
You can return the mobile hotspot to the Main Library, South Side branch, Bookmobile, or the library’s book drops, just like other library items. You must return the device with all the original packaging and accessories. Failure to return all items will result in charges to your library account.

What happens if I lose or break the hotspot?
You are expected to take good care of the mobile hotspot unit while it is checked out to you. If the mobile hotspot becomes lost or damaged, a fine of $100 will be applied to your 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.

Is internet content filtering enforced on mobile hotspots?
Internet content filtering is enforced, but parents and guardians are responsible for a child’s use of the mobile hotspot and the material accessed. The Bethlehem Area Public Library is not responsible for the Internet’s content, data collected or transmitted via a mobile hotspot, or for any misuse of copyrighted material or any other violation of law.

Questions? Comments?

We strive to be a welcoming place for healthy child development, parent and community involvement, and life-long literacy beginning at birth. Let us hear from you if you have any questions or comments about BAPL and its services.