Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates
NOTICE: Fall hours for contactless pickup of library holds at Main, Central Square, O’Neill, and Valente are now in effect. No appointments required. Request items online, by phone at 617-349-4040 or by email at

Mobile Hotspots


A mobile hotspot is a device to provide wireless internet access (WiFi). It creates a WiFi network that you can connect to from a Chromebook laptop or other device.

You may checkout a mobile hotspot or other devices from the Library as part of our Takeout Technology program.

If no moble hotspots are available, be aware that comcast xfinity wifi is free during the crisis (no comcast account or login required) and signal is very good outside the Main library and many other locations in Cambridge. This can provide you an alternate way to get online.


Using the Mobile Hotspot


1. Turn on the hotspot by pressing the power key for 3 seconds. (If the device does not turn on, you may need to charge the hotspot with the power cord provided.)

2. Wait about 10 seconds for the hotspot to be ready to use. It will display “Welcome!” as it is powering up, then “T-Mobile” when it is ready to use.

3. Go to the network WiFi settings on your chromebook or other device.

4. Select WiFi name: CPL Hotspot

5. Enter WiFi password: welcome! (note the exclamation point)

6. To turn off the hotspot when you are done using it, hold down the power key for 3 seconds. It will display “Goodbye” before powering down.


Return the Hotspot


1. Return your hotspot to the Oversized Item bin during the Contactless Pickup window. Hotspots should not be returned via the book drops.

2. Please return the hotspot by the due date. Items not returned on time will be remotely disabled.

Replacement costs: Hotspot $70. Case $20. Power Cord: $10 Total: $100