Parents and guardians of NYC public school kids can be eligible for FREE Wi-Fi at home through The New York Public Library’s Library HotSpot program, designed for patrons without home internet.
1. Sign Up
Walk-ins are now welcome for a limited time, while devices last. Please call any of the locations below prior to visiting to confirm HotSpot availability.
2. Check Out
Parents of NYC public school students can check out a Library HotSpot device from their branch. Devices are due back to the library by July 5, 2018.
3. Log On
Bring the device home and connect your phone, tablet, or PC to access free Wi-Fi. The Library is offering a limited number of free wireless modems to parents and guardians of NYC public school students who do not have internet access at home. The program enables eligible patrons to “check out” internet service from the Library for the rest of the school year—absolutely free. The program is intended to help NYC public school students access online resources at home and to raise their digital exposure and confidence. Borrowing limit is one device per household.
Who is eligible to participate?
The program is open to patrons:
- with at least one child in NYC public school
- with no household internet access at the time of sign-up
- who are at least 18 and have a valid NYPL library card (students who are 18 years or older may borrow on their own)
- and less than $15 in outstanding fines
What should I do if I need help?
If you need help connecting the Library HotSpot to the internet for the first time, or if you experience any other technical difficulties, please go to your local NYPL library for help or call Ask NYPL at 917-275-6975.
How long can I keep the device?
The device can be borrowed the rest of the school year and is due back to the library on July 5, 2018.
How much does it cost?
The program is absolutely free. There are no fees for the device or service. If the device is lost or not returned, the fine is $100, and your library card will be blocked until the device is returned or the fine is paid.
Major support for the Library HotSpot Program is provided by Google.org Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation