Hotspots & Laptops

Hotspots:

You can borrow the Internet from Mentor Public Library.

We’re lending hotspots that can provide Wi-Fi to your wireless-enhanced devices like computers, smartphones and tablets.

Loan period: You can borrow one Hotspot at a time for up to 10 days. No renewals.

Holds:  Due to their popularity, you must call the Main, Lake or Headlands branch to reserve an available hotspot. You must pick up the unit that day.

Where it works: Anywhere in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, that’s covered by T-Mobile’s network. (No international.)

To borrow: You must be over 18 years old and have a library card in good standing (less than $10 in fines). Bring your valid Ohio driver’s license and your Mentor Public Library card. You will also need to complete and sign an Electronic Device Agreement with each checkout, acknowledging financial responsibility for lost or damaged equipment.

Patrons will be fined $5 for each day a hotspot is returned late, up to $25. After five days, we will deactivate the device and bill the patron to replace the device.

If the hotspot is damaged or lost, the patron will have to pay to replace it.

Hotspots or other MPL electronic devices cannot be returned in the library book drops.

 

Laptop Computers:

Laptop computers are available for in-house checkout at all Mentor Public Library branches. Individuals 18 years or older with a Mentor Public Library card in good standing and a government-issued ID (such as a driver’s license) can check out a laptop for use within the library. A parent or guardian that checks out a laptop for use by a minor child is required to stay with the child during use. Note: If you have outstanding fines or fees of $10.00 or more, you will not be permitted to check out a laptop until your fine is paid.

To check out a laptop, visit the Reference Desk. You can checkout a laptop for up to 4 hours. Loan period will end 10 minutes prior to building closing time.  Laptops are available on a first come first serve basis and may not be reserved.

Software & Hardware available on the laptops:

  1. Microsoft Windows 7
  2. Microsoft Office (includes Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint)
  3. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox
  4. CD/DVD read only drive, USB drive slots
  5. All laptops have internet access through the library’s wireless network
  6. Skype and Google Talk by appointment only. Please call in advance to set up a time to make your calls.

Optional Hardware available for checkout:

  1. Mouse
  2. Mouse Pad
  3. Power Cable

Disclaimer: Please be aware that if you check out a laptop, you are financially responsible if it is lost or damaged. Replacement cost is $1,200.

 

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