ConnectED Library HotSpot

This Library program enables the families of eligible students to “check out” Internet service from the Library—absolutely free. The program is intended to help New York City public school students access online educational resources at home to help complete their homework.

The ConnectED Library HotSpot Loan Program is a collaborative program of the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library, and the Department of Education to provide thousands of NYC K-12 students with free Internet access for the rest of the school year. This program addresses the needs of the more than 1 in 5 New York City households who do not have home access to high-speed Internet services.

In order to participate in the Library Hotspot Loan Program, you must be prepared to present your Queens Public Library adult library card. In addition, you must meet the following eligibility requirements.

Who is eligible to participate?

The program is open to patrons who:

  • are at least 18 years old and have a child in a New York City public school
  • have no household Internet access at the time of sign-up
  • have a valid adult library card with no outstanding fines over $15. If you are eligible, please visit the library in advance to confirm that your library card is active and to resolve any outstanding fines.

How long can I check out the device?
The device and service can be borrowed until July 5, 2020.

Where can I check out the device?
You can check out the mobile hotspot device at the following Queens Public Library locations:

  • Arverne
  • Bellerose
  • Briarwood
  • Broadway
  • Cambria Heights
  • Children's Library Discovery Center (in Central Library)
  • Corona
  • Far Rockaway (Temporary Location)
  • Flushing
  • Jackson Heights
  • Laurelton
  • Lefferts
  • Long Island City
  • Peninsula
  • Richmond Hill
  • Rochdale Village
  • Seaside
  • South Jamaica
  • Woodhaven

How much will it cost?
It is absolutely free. There are no fees for the device or service.

What if I lose it or return it late?
If the device is lost or not returned, a fine of $100 will be assessed and your library card privileges will be blocked until the device is returned or the fine is paid.

Queens Public Library will next lend out hotspots for the 2019-2020 school year. Please check to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements above.

 

Tablet Lending Program

Queens Public Library lends Samsung tablets to library card holders for free!

With the Samsung Tablet, customers are able to:

  • Pay any library fees directly in the Queens Public Library app
  • Review their Queens Public Library status and account messages in the My Account section
  • Renew multiple items at a time
  • Access digital collections, including Zino for Libraries, Freegal Music, and Axis 360 eBooks

The tablet’s latest features include: the Android 5.1 Lollipop Operating System, a 2.0 MP front-facing camera, a 5.0 MP rear-facing camera, 1.5 GB of RAM, and 11 hours of battery life. You can also bring your tablet to the library or anywhere Wi-Fi is available to get the full Internet experience.

Samsung tablets may be borrowed for one month, with three renewals possible (four months total). First-time borrowers must bring a photo ID and sign a borrower’s agreement. Children under 17 may borrow with a parent or guardian’s consent.

Samsung tablets are currently available at the following Queens Public Library branches:

  • Arverne
  • Astoria
  • Auburndale
  • Baisley Park
  • Bay Terrace
  • Bayside
  • Bellerose
  • Briarwood
  • Broad Channel
  • Broadway
  • Cambria Heights
  • Central
  • Corona
  • Court Square
  • Douglaston/Little Neck
  • East Elmhurst
  • East Flushing
  • Elmhurst
  • Far Rockaway
  • Flushing
  • Forest Hills
  • Fresh Meadows
  • Glen Oaks
  • Glendale
  • Hillcrest
  • Hollis
  • Howard Beach
  • Jackson Heights
  • Kew Gardens Hills
  • Langston Hughes
  • Laurelton
  • Lefferts
  • Lefrak City
  • Long Island City
  • Maspeth
  • McGoldrick
  • Middle Village
  • Mitchell-Linden
  • North Forest Park
  • North Hills
  • Ozone Park
  • Peninsula
  • Pomonok
  • Poppenhusen
  • Queens Village
  • Queensboro Hill
  • Rego Park
  • Richmond Hill
  • Ridgewood
  • Rochdale Village
  • Rosedale
  • Seaside
  • South Hollis
  • South Jamaica
  • South Ozone Park
  • St. Albans
  • Steinway
  • Sunnyside
  • Whitestone
  • Windsor Park
  • Woodhaven