Hotspot: Overview

Circulation Guidelines

Wi-Fi Hotspot Program

Use your library card to check out a Hotspot providing you with free, and mobile, internet access! The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County is very pleased to be working with T-Mobile to offer mobile Hotspots for check-out. 

  • The mobile Hotspots may be checked out at all Public Library locations.
  • Customers must have a valid Public Library card.
  • Hotspots may be checked out by adult cardholders with full access accounts, in good standing.
  • Hotspots can be checked out for 3 weeks.
  • Hotspots are not eligible for renewal.
  • All components (Hotspot, charger, cord, and piece case) must be present upon return for the library to consider the item checked in.
  • Instruction cards are included with the Hotspots.
  • Replacement costs are as follows:
    • $120.00 for complete unit and/or missing hotspot
    • $20.00 for missing Power Adapter
    • $10.00 for missing USB Cable
    • $10.00 for missing Hotspot Case
  • Hotspots may be returned to any branch library
  • Must be returned to a staff member at the Circulation Desk. Do not place in the bookdrop! The device could be damaged.


How to connect your device to the T-Mobile Hotspot:

  1. Hotspot does not need to be plugged in to work (but may need to be charged first).
  2. To turn on, slide the power button on side of hotspot to ON.
  3. If battery symbol turns green no charging is necessary, if red plug in hotspot to charge (green is fully charged).
  4. Make sure Wi-Fi is enabled on your laptop, tablet, or smart phone.
  5. Wait for the WiFi  Tiny Hotspot image  icon on the Hotspot to turn blue.
  6. Once it is blue view the list of available wireless network on your mobile device.
  7. Select the ABQ Library Hotspot network.
  8. Enter the password -provided with the hotpsot (abqlibrary).
  9. Your device will display a message indicating it has connected to ABQLibrary Wi-Fi network.
  10. Browse the Internet, stream videos, or whatever!


Coverage Map



How much does it cost? 

  • Borrowing and using the device is free! If the device is lost or damaged beyond repair, a $120 fee will be charged to your Library account.

How do I renew it? 

  • Hotspots are not renewable.

What information about my Internet usage, if any, is tracked by the Library or the service provider?

  • Your Internet usage is not tracked by the Library or the service provider.

Can I use the hotspot outside of the U.S.?

  • No, the hotspots only work in the U.S.

What is the coverage area?

  • Please use the map above or refer to the T-Mobile map at this link
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