How can I borrow, return, or renew a laptop or wifi hotspot?
Borrowing a laptop or wifi hotspot
We have laptops and wireless (wifi) internet hotspots (monthly data limit = 20gb, for use in the United States only) for you to check out, on a first come, first served basis.
Please visit the Library Learning Commons during open hours to borrow a laptop or wifi hotspot or contact the Learning Commons by phone (510-885-4152) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out availability and request a laptop or wifi hotspot be shipped to you. For shipment, you will need to provide your full address and telephone number.
Returning a laptop or wifi hotspot
If you need to return a laptop or wifi hotspot that you borrowed, please visit the Library Learning Commons during open hours or email email@example.com to request a return box be shipped to your home so that you can return the laptop or wifi hotspot by mail.
Renewing a laptop or wifi hotspot
Students who are enrolled in Summer 2022 courses can renew laptops or wifi hotspots by contacting the Learning Commons by phone (510-885-4152) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). To complete the renewal, students will need to complete a Device Checkout Agreement and provide proof of Summer 2022 enrollment.
The Learning Commons staff are available to answer student technology questions. Tech Support is available in person during open hours, by phone (510-885-4152) or by email (email@example.com).
Other Internet Support Services
Affordable Connectivity Program
The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program is "is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more."
Eligible households can receive:
- Up to a $30 monthly discount on internet service;
- Up to a $75 monthly discount on internet service for households on qualifying tribal lands;
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet or desktop computer from participating providers (with a co-payment between $10 and $50).
Watch ITS East Bay's YouTube video on "Connectivity" for tips to improve your internet access.