Discussion on Adding Wi-Fi Hotspots to the Library Collection
Information from other libraries in Bridges on costs are that they spend $120 per year per hotspot for data. We would be able to get some initial hotspots through a grant.
Over the years that other libraries have had them, these are the most commonly mentioned pros and cons:
Pros: Very popular. They are always checked out
Cons: Some patrons try to work the system so that the hotspots are continually being checked out to the same handful of people in a given community. Some of the hotspots were catching on fire a few years ago. If a patron refuses to return a hotspot, Mobile Beacon/Sprint must be contacted and the data turned off for that unit's contract.
The cost per circulation is $2.40. In comparison, an extremely popular DVD's cost per circulation is about $0.53.