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Hotspot Lending Policy

Millicent Library
Hotspot Lending Policy


Policy Statement 

The Millicent Library is a community hub that fosters healthy social connection and provides access to community resources, knowledge, heritage and culture. “Ground in the past, relevant to the present, and prepared for the future.”

Our Hotspot Program supports the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ goal to Advance Equitable Access to Resources by promoting “excellent connectivity and technology infrastructure, training, and support frameworks to equitably meet the needs of library users in Massachusetts” and the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ American Rescue Plan Act Objective 1.1 to advance digital inclusion.


Rules

Who Can Borrow a Hotspot?

  • Any resident from a municipality certified in the State Aid to Public Libraries program by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is eligible to borrow a hotspot.  Patron registration in the  SAILS network with a library card in good standing.
  • Hotspot borrowers must be 18 years old.
  • Only one hotspot is allowed per household.  Each hotspot will support up to 10 connected devices.

For How Long?

  • Hotspots may be borrowed for 1 week.
  • Automatic renewals are not permitted.   Unless, receiving permission from the Millicent Library staff.  Please call or ask at the circulation desk about renewals. If no other hotspots are available renewal will not be granted.  Hotspots must be returned to the Millicent Library and may not be checked out again for at least a 24-hour period.

Fines/Fees

Overdue hotspot will be fined $5.00 per day.

Loss or Damage

Loss of a hotspot may incur a $77.00 fee.

Acceptable Use

  • Borrowers will adhere to the library’s internet acceptable use policy when using the mobile hotspot.
  • While checked out, the hotspot remains the responsibility of the borrower. Borrowers should not lose control of the device by lending to friends or associates.
  • Any attempt to alter the configuration of the hotspot is strictly prohibited and may result in loss of borrowing privileges.

Procedures

Hotspot Availability

  • Hotspots may be reserved through the library catalog: https://sails.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/fairhaven or by calling the library at: (508) 992 -5342.
  • Hotspots are filtered by default using T-Mobile’s content filtering for education. Borrowers may request that hotspot filtering be disabled when borrowing a device.  The library will not ask for a stated reason.
  • The hotspot should be picked up within [10] days, or it will be set aside for the next user.
  • Hotspots must be returned to the circulation desk.  Do NOT place a hotspots in the book drop.
  • Hotspots should be returned with the power cord, SIM card, battery and case to the Library in the same good working condition as it was when it was checked out.
  • If the hotspot is damaged or not working, return it to the library desk. Report the nature of the damage to a staff person.

Guidelines

A revocation of hotspot borrowing privileges may be appealed by verbal or written request to the Library Director.


Disclaimers

  • The Library is not responsible for any files, data or personal information accessed/transmitted using the hotspot.
  • The Library will have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of the mobile hotspots, including loss of data, or privacy invasions.  Those who use the hotspots do so at their own risk and assume full liability for their actions.
  • Hotspot users are accessing the internet through the T-Mobile network, not the Library’s network.
  • Illegal acts involving Library equipment or services may also be subject to prosecution.

To check hotspot coverage in your area click or tap on the T-Mobile coverage map: