Published: Dec. 19, 2018

Laptop with mobile hotspot deviceNorlin Library is offering a new program that provides free off-campus internet access, thanks to a collaboration between the University Libraries, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of Information Technology,

This pilot program makes it possible to check-out a mobile hotspot device to access the internet for free, from anywhere you can access the Sprint (LTE and 4G) network. A mobile hotspot is a portable device that provides internet access for multiple types of devices, including laptops, smartphones or tablets. The equipment comes with its own internet access and does not use your mobile data plan or home internet service. For students without reliable broadband at home, this new service will allow them to do research and complete assignments from any location.

Hotspot devices are currently available only by emailed invitation from the Office of Financial Aid, in hopes of providing the service to those who need it the most. Even with an emailed invitation, you may need to act quickly because the devices are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Curt Williams, who coordinates patron services for Norlin Circulation, explained that students will receive reminders to help them avoid any issue with returning devices on time. "Our system generates email reminders when equipment items are coming due," said Williams, "and informs the students to bring the items back to the circulation desk to renew them in-person. If they have difficulties getting to us in-person, we can work with them on extending the due date."

To check-out a hotspot, visit the Norlin Library Circulation Desk during business hours.  Show the Office of Finanacial Aid email inviation you received and your BuffOne Card. If you have questions, you can contact Circulation in-person, by emailing norcirc@colorado.edu or  calling 303-492-7477. Learn about other devices available to students, faculty and staff to check out in our guide, BorrowTechnology and Devices.