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  • What benefits to the community does having a Library of Things offer?

    A Library of Things promotes sustainability by encouraging sharing, the ability to try before you buy, and access to rarely used household items. This initiative supports a library’s goals of providing new and popular materials to stimulate imagination, provide new leisure activities and experiences, and promote lifelong learning. These collections will offer new resources for customers…

  • Who can borrow a Fiber Arts Kit?

    Fiber Arts kits are available for adult resident, property owner, and fee card customers. 

  • How long can I borrow a kit?

    The loan period is 21 days with up to 5 automatic renewals available. Items currently cannot be reserved for home delivery or branch pickup.  

  • Where are the kits available? Why isn’t the kit I want available at the Branch I frequent?

    Most kits are available all locations. However, some kits are provided by community partners and grants in specific communities. Please check the availability and locations of kits before visiting a location for checkout.

  • Why do I need to sign a waiver to check out a Library of Things item?

    When checking items out from the Library of Things collection, customers must agree to the terms of use and waiver to accept liability for using any items in the collection.

  • What data speeds can I expect with an OCLS hotspot powered by T-Mobile?

    The OCLS hotspots use T-Mobile’s 4G LTE Network. Data speed ranges for T-Mobile 4G LTE Network are as follows: View more details from T-Mobile’s site. Learn more about variations in data speed from T-Mobile’s site. If the data speed you are experiencing with an OCLS hotspot seems slower than the ranges indicated above, check the…

  • Why does the hotspot have a “cycle end date” or “data allowance has run out” message displayed on the device?

    Please disregard any messages that display a “cycle end date” or that “data allowance has run out”. The library hotspots are on an unlimited plan. T-Mobile does not have a mechanism for disabling these messages. The messages do not mean the hotspots will stop working.

  • Can I renew a Wi-Fi hotspot kit?

    Hotspots can be renewed up to five times unless someone else is waiting for the device. Hotspots are disabled after the due date.

  • OCLS Hotspot Guide

    Orange County Library System (OCLS) has secured funds from the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) to establish a Wi-Fi hotspot device (“Hotspot”) lending program to provide wireless broadband internet to customers who do not have access to the internet and need this service to meet their educational needs. REQUEST A HOTSPOT As per the ECF requirements,…

  • What is a Wi-Fi hotspot?

    A hotspot is a device that provides wireless internet (Wi-Fi) to devices that have Wi-Fi capabilities, such as laptops, smartphones, or tablets.

  • Who can borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot?

    Adult cardholders with a valid Orange County Library System resident, property Owner, or fee card in good standing who do not have access to the internet where they reside and need this service to meet their educational needs. If you do not have a library card, you can apply online or in person at one…

  • Can a juvenile cardholder borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot?

    No, but they may be eligible to receive a hotspot through Orange County Public Schools. For more information, visit ocps.net.

  • Where can I borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot?

    You may check out or place a hold on a hotspot at any of our library locations, or by calling 407.835.7323. Hotspots must be picked up by the cardholder at one of our library locations.

  • What is included with the Wi-Fi hotspot?

    The kit includes a hotspot device, a charging cord, instructions, and the case.

  • For how long can I borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot?

    You can borrow a hotspot for 30 days.