Huntington library now has mobile hotspots for check out

Beginning today, Monday, Feb. 12, adult library card holders will be able to enjoy free mobile Internet access thanks to devices available for checkout from the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

This is the day the library will start lending mobile hotspots, which will give users unlimited 4G LTE connectivity. People who lack Internet access because they can’t afford it or because conventional Internet service isn’t available at their homes will be able to use the hotspots to connect, browse and stream from any device with WiFi capability.

The hotspots bring connectivity anywhere there is Sprint 4G coverage.

The library has five hotspots available, four at the Huntington main branch and one at the Markle branch. One of the devices in Huntington may be reserved in advance; the others may be checked out with a library card on a first-come, first-served basis. The devices are provided by Mobile Beacon, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Internet accessibility.

Mobile hotspot checkouts begin when the library opens at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, and can be borrowed for seven days, with up to two renewals. They may also be placed on hold if all are on loan. They are only available to adult patrons who hold a standard library card (child, teen, PLAC and Reciprocal Borrowing card holders are not eligible).

For more information, call the Huntington main library’s circulation desk at 356-0824 or email Kay Stine, circulation supervisor, at kstine@hctpl.info.

The Huntington library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington; the Markle branch is at 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.