Fayetteville Public Library to loan out mobile Wi-Fi devices

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer Staff

If you thought the Fayetteville Public Library couldn’t get anymore awesome, you were wrong, buddy.

In addition to the plethora of books, CDs, movies, laptops, and iPads and eReaders the library lends to local residents for free every day, now you can check out 4G LTE-enabled mobile Wi-Fi devices from the library for the same low price of zero dollars.

According to a press release issued Wednesday, 10 devices with unlimited data plans will be made available beginning Thursday, Feb. 12. The program was made possible by a library sponsor who will pick up the $7,200 cost for the 10 data plans. The mobile devices were free with the purchase of the plans.

The idea is to make access to broadband more accessible than ever in Fayetteville.

“Here in our community nearly 26 percent of our households do not have high speed (internet),” said David Johnson, FPL Executive Director. “The library is excited to offer this service to our cardholders.”

The devices are available to library card holders who are at least 18 years of age with no outstanding library fees.

To check out equipment, a library card, photo identification, and proof of address must be presented at the circulation desk. One patron per household can check out a mobile hotspot device for up to two weeks.

We have a call in to Johnson for details on what type of devices they are, and we’ll add that information here once he gets back to us.