The Blue Earth County Library System (BECLS) is thrilled to announce that mobile Wi-Fi hotspots are now available for patrons to use. Hotspots can be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Blue Earth County Library in Mankato or requested and picked up at the Mapleton and Lake Crystal locations. Users must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Blue Earth County. The check-out period for a hotspot is three months.
A mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is a device that provides internet access at the user’s location. A hotspot is not a computer but functions like a wireless router, making it possible for the user’s computer, tablet, or smartphone to connect to the internet. The purpose of this service is to provide BECLS patrons with long-term connectivity. Hotspots make it possible for users to attend classes, work, and other events virtually; to fill out college and job applications; to apply for housing, utility assistance, unemployment benefits, healthcare, and other forms of support; to stay connected to family members, friends, and communities; and to access a wide array of information and resources.
This service is made possible by the Traverse des Sioux (TdS) Library System and grants from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Emergency Connectivity Fund. For more information about library programming, services, and opportunities, please call 507-304-4001, visit www.beclibrary.org, sign up for the BECLS e-newsletter at www.beclibrary.org/246/Library-Newsletter , or stop by a BECLS location in Mankato, Mapleton, or Lake Crystal.