Hotspots and Laptop/Hotspot Kits

Mobile hotspots from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon now available for checkout.
Click here to view the hotspots and place a hold.

We also have laptop / hotspot combo kits available.
Click here to view the laptop/hotspot kits and place a hold.

Goal

Our goal of providing a hotspot collection is to allow Dexter District Library patrons with valid Dexter District Library cards the opportunity to test a particular carrier before purchasing their own device and for temporary uses such as vacations, education, employment, special projects, etc. They are not intended to provide patrons with permanent Internet access.

Due to our government contracts with AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile – we are able to offer hotspots with no data caps and no throttling.  Be aware that such contracts may not be available to you as an individual; or, if they are available, they may be prohibitively expensive.  Our Verizon hotspots have unlimited monthly data, but will enforce a speed cap of 500 Kbps after 30GB of monthly usage.

Policy

In order to make our hotspots more widely available to our patrons, the following rules will be enforced regarding holds:

  1. Holds will be limited to ONE per Item Queue per household per 30 days (Household – a family or occupants residing at the same address.)
  2. Holds not picked up within 7 days will be released as per standard procedure.
  3. Thank you for your cooperation and please, if you are unable to pick up your hotspot — let us know so that we can check it out to the next person on our waiting list and replace your hold.

 

Checking out a Dexter District Library Hotspot / Laptop Kit

If there are hotspots/laptops available, take an item tag from the hanging display near the second floor computer lab.

Give the tag to the Adult Librarian and they will retrieve the item and then accompany you to the circulation desk to checkout.  A valid Dexter District Library card required.

Two week checkout, no renewals, $1 per day overdue fine

If the hotspot is 10 days overdue the data plan will be canceled and the hotspot will cease to function. You will be billed the complete cost of the kit (see more information.)

Return the hotspot to our Checkout Desk. Please DO NOT return to another library or put the hotspot in the outdoor book drop.  All items will be cleaned/inspected by Library staff before recirculating.  Laptops will be purged of all user data so be sure to save your work to a flash drive or email it to yourself before returning the laptop.

 

Using a Dexter District Library Hotspot / Laptop Kit

Turn the hotspot on (see instructions inside the case for details).

On your device (computer, tablet, phone etc) go to your Wi-Fi settings and connect to the DexLib(Carrier)(Number) network. It will look something like DexLibSPR01 or DexLibVER02.  When prompted enter the password: libhotspot (all lowercase).  If you are using one of our laptop kits, it will automatically connect with the associated hotspot once both are powered on.

Notes

You DO NOT need to unlock the hotspot. You just need to turn it on using the directions provided in the case.

Signal strength will show up as bars on the the hotspot screen.

It is possible, depending on where you live, that the hotspot you check out will have no signal and therefore not function.  This is one of the goals of our project, to help you to identify this situation without committing to any contracts.

More Information

Each hotspot can support up to 10 devices connecting to them at once and have 30-40 foot range.

If the device is overdue by 10 days, the data plan will be canceled and the patron will be billed.  Laptops will be remotely deactivated.

If the hotspot/laptop kit is lost or damaged, the Library will deactivate the data plan on the device and will charge the patron the cost for replacement. The hotspot (depending on the carrier) costs between $92 and $199 to replace.  The laptop costs $959.85.

The whole laptop kit costs between $1159 and $1267 to replace.

Hotspots only work in the continental United States.  They do not work internationally, including Canada.

Hotspots are meant to be placed on a table or shelf – Please do not tape or adhere the devices to any surface.

You may see signal strength variations on the hotspot depending on where you have placed it inside your home.  Move it around to locate the best signal strength.

Promotional Tickets Offer

The Dexter District Library and the Library Network have negotiated discounted tickets to select Detroit Red Wings home games.

Click here for details.


The Dexter District Library and the Library Network have negotiated discounted tickets to select Detroit Lions home games.

Click here for details.


The Dexter District Library and the Library Network have negotiated a special offer for Library card holders for discounted seats to select live theater and entertainment events.  Current events include discounts for Disney on Ice and Cinderella.

Click here for ticket offers.


Click here for discount ticket offers to the Michigan Renaissance Festival.  Use code TLN19 when prompted.

Wi-Fi Printing

The Dexter District Library now offers wi-fi printing compatible with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop!  For black and white, the price is $0.10 per page.  For full color, the price is $0.20 per page.  For directions on how to install the app, please click here.

Group Study Rooms

The Library has three group study rooms available on the second floor.  Groups may call ahead to reserve a room.  Reservations can be taken for the current week and the following week.  Every Monday, the next week opens up to reservations.

To reserve a group study room, please call 734-426-4477 and ask for the Adult Reference Desk.  For the study room policy, see attached:

Reading Groups

Library Director’s (Paul McCann) Group

Meetings are typically held on the third Monday of each month, September through June, at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted.  Registration is required.  Contact Paul McCann at 734-426-4477 (ext 111) for further information.

Lisa Ryan’s Groups

Somewhere in Time Book Club

This history focused book discussion club meets the second Monday of every month from 7:00- 8:30 in the DDL lower level meeting room and will focus on different times and places in history.  This is a nonfiction reading group, but some quality historical fiction may also be included from time to time.

Registration is required.  Contact Lisa Ryan 734-426-4477 at (ext 119) for further information.

Better Off Read Book Club

This general reading book discussion club meets the third Thursday of every month from 1:00-2:30 in the DDL lower level meeting room. This is a general reading group and it will focus on a selection of books from many different genres.

Registration is required.  Contact Lisa Ryan 734-426-4477 at (ext 119) for further information.

Fax Service

The Dexter District Library offers public faxing service for patrons:

  1. Pre-pay for faxes at the first floor circulation desk
  2. The fax machine is located at the second floor reference desk
  3. The library will provide outgoing fax service only (no incoming faxes will be received)
  4. The cost for this service will be 20 cents per page
  5. Generic cover sheets will be provided at no charge or patrons may provide their own

Computer and Internet Access

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Computers for Public Use:
The Dexter District Library has 11 public use computer terminals for adults, 4 public use computer terminals for teens, and 4 public use computer terminals for children.  All of these computers have Windows 10 and are loaded with the Microsoft Office 2019 suite; and the adult computers also have Photoshop Elements 18.  Full color printing is available for $0.20 a page.  Black & white printing is $0.10 a page.


General Rules for Internet Use:

  1. Hardware and Software settings may not be changed.
  2. Users will respect all copyright laws.
  3. Users saving files from the Internet to their own disks do so at their own risk. The Library assumes no responsibility for viruses transmitted from the Internet to disks through the use of Library computers.
  4. Any users caught hacking into computer systems or disrupting the functions of other computer systems will have their Internet use privileges revoked.
  5. Users will not use the Library terminals to violate any Federal, state or local laws or to engage in unethical behavior.
  6. Users can be held financially liable for damage to the Library’s equipment and software.

Michigan Activity Pass

The “Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network” program is a partnership between Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 60 arts and cultural organizations. The program is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages through books and other library materials, and to provide reduced cost or complimentary access to arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan, from Monroe to Mackinaw City to Marquette, and all points in between.  All passes are issued online through the MAP site:

http://michiganactivitypass.info