Free Seattle Public Library wi-fi – without being at a branch

If you need broadband wi-fi at home or work or school … the library can help. Seattle Public Library unveiled SPL Hotspot today – a program through which you can check out a wi-fi hotspot and use it for up to three weeks. A grant from Google got the library system 150 of the mobile hotspots – you need your own computer to use them, but by midsummer, the system’s getting 75 hotspot-bundled laptops available for checkout too. Here’s how the program works.

8 Replies to "Free Seattle Public Library wi-fi - without being at a branch"

  • heather May 18, 2015 (5:13 pm)


  • Diane May 18, 2015 (5:37 pm)

    THIS is how much the people of Seattle desperately need wifi
    I just placed a hold, within minutes of learning about this
    I’m already #267 in line for a total of 127

  • Maggie May 18, 2015 (5:49 pm)

    Very cool!

  • LivesInWS May 18, 2015 (6:17 pm)

    Diane, so true!

  • Diane May 19, 2015 (3:16 am)

    now, 421 on “holds” wait list for total 126 “copies” units

  • Diane May 19, 2015 (12:42 pm)

    not even 24hrs since announcement
    now (12:40pm) 555 holds
    I’ve moved up to position 252 on 126 copies
    THANK YOU westseattleblog/TR for posting this right away yesterday, and especially with the direct SPL hotspot links, so I was able the get on the wait list
    any guess as to how long it will take for me to move up the list to actually get a hotspot wifi to use???
    and then, unless SPL buys a lot more, it will be for 3 weeks only; can’t renew with the wait list

  • wsBorn&Bred May 20, 2015 (8:36 am)

    Wow. What a great program! This could really help so many types of people. Way to go, Seattle Libraries!

  • Diane May 20, 2015 (1:09 pm)

    status of SPL HotSpot wifi units as of 1pm on Wed, May 20
    Total Copies: 126
    Available: 0
    On Order: 1
    Holds: 721
    and I have moved up from Position 252 yesterday, to Position 225 today, on 126 copies

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