Borrow the internet

Hanover Public Library is launching a new technology service with the help of local Hanover business, Electrical Contacts Limited.

You can now “borrow the internet” with your library card! The library has purchased 6 Kajeet SmartSpots to lend to library members who may not have internet at home or lack reliable broadband internet.

The Kajeet SmartSpot is a portable wireless hotspot that you can borrow from the Library. It can provide free internet access using the Bell or Rogers cellular network to Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, tablets, and PCs. They are perfect for you to use at home, away, or on-the-go anywhere in Ontario!

Library customers just need a Wi-Fi-ready device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop to use this electronic device.

What is a SmartSpot?

A SmartSpot is a small portable device that connects your laptops, smartphones, tablets or other wireless-capable devices to the internet through a mobile phone network. Just as you can use the wireless network in the library, you can now carry that connection with you to access the internet on the go. The Kajeet SmartSpot comes in a kit. The kit includes a SmartSpot, a charging cable and power adaptor along with instructions for connecting and troubleshooting.

What Can I do with a SmartSpot?

Connect multiple devices to the internet, wherever you are! Work, learn or communicate online.

Where will it work? Anywhere in Ontario that is covered by the Bell or Rogers cellular network. So you can use it in the park, at the cottage, while you travel or at home.

Borrowing and returning

Loan Period: 14 Days

Holds: Allowed

Renewals: Not allowed

Eligibility: Full library membership in good standing. An adult must sign the User Agreement.

Borrowing & returning: In person – You must sign the Kajeet SmartSpot User Agreement at checkout. Please do not place SmartSpots in the book drop. We ask that you return the SmartSpot kit in good condition, fully charged, and give it directly to staff to prevent damage.

Overdue and replacement fees

Overdue fees: $1.00 per day to a maximum of $200.00; Data is turned off the day after the SmartSpot is due.

Replacement charges for lost or damaged items:

  • SmartSpot: $200.00 (Other parts: up to $50.00)

Borrower Responsibilities

Please remember that data usage is shared – be considerate in your choice of activities. Each of these activities uses approximately 1 GB of data.

  • Browse the web for about 12 hours or 600 webpages
  • Read about 2000 email messages
  • Meet in Zoom at 720p with a group for 1 hour
  • Listen to or watch about:
    • 30 minutes to 2 hours of video depending on its quality OR
    • 35 eBooks / 3 audiobooks from Libby OR
    • 1 hour of YouTube at 720p OR
    • 15 hours of online radio or podcasts

As you can see, using the devices for audio/visual entertainment will use the Library’s shared data pool and your portion of it very quickly.

In borrowing the SmartSpot, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood and agreed to all of the terms in the Kajeet SmartSpot User Agreement.

Electrical Contacts Ltd logo on borrow the internet post.

Thank You Electrical Contacts Limited

This new service has been made possible by a very generous donation from Electrical Contacts Limited. ECL, a long standing Hanover business is truly invested in supporting our library and our community. ECL has previously donated to our library at our 2018 Art Gala as a Gold level sponsor, and in 2020 when we were unable to run our regular book sale fundraiser. We would not be able to provide this new service without their support. Thank you so much ECL for your donation!  

ECL Donation being presented by Tammy Louther.
Tammy Louther of ECL presenting the donation.