Library of Things
The Ohio County Public Library is excited to announce they're beginning to explore building a Library of Things collection! The Library of Things will include items such as games, technology tools, musical instruments, and arts and crafts kits. Whether you want to try something new before you purchase or just need to use something one time, our Library of Things will be a great place to start. Explore opportunities to learn, fix or create.
It is the hope of the Ohio County Public Library that the Library of Things will be a new and exciting way for the community to engage with the library! It is the mission of the Ohio County Public Library to, "...provide free and equal access to resources that assist our community in the pursuit of knowledge, information, education, research, and recreation which promotes an enlightened citizenry, encourages lifelong learning, and enriches the quality of life." The Library of Things will help continue this mission.
OCPL Wi-Fi Hotspots
Wi-Fi Hot Spots are now available from the Ohio County Public Library! With Verizon™ wireless connectivity, Wi-Fi Hot-Spots will improve internet connectivity for library patrons and area residents. This includes areas where internet is not currently available, in parks or other public areas, or is not accessible to cost. In making Wi-Fi Hot Spots available, with the help of private funding, the Ohio County Public Library, is improving its mission of providing free and equal access to information, education, and knowledge.
Hot Spot Kits Include:
- Keychain tag (with unique identifier #)
- Hot Spot
- Charging Cord (USB-C)
- Charging Block
- Instruction sheet
• 1 Wi-Fi Hot Spot can be checked out per household.
• The check-out period is 14 days (2 weeks).
• You may place the Hot Spot on hold.
•The Hot Spot checkout cannot be renewed.
• The Hot Spot must be returned to the circulation desk and cannot be placed in a book drop.
• Hot Spots can only be checked out by patrons in good standing. If the patron has fees on their account, it must total under $20.00.
Patrons must be 16 years or older.
Charging the Mobile Hot Spot
There are two ways to charge the Mobile Hot Spot:
1. Charge with a USB charging adapter:
Connect a USB cable between the device and the head of the adapter and plug it into a power socket to start charging.
When the device is powered off, it takes about 3 hours before being fully charged.
2. Charge with a personal computer:
Connect the device to your desktop or laptop computer via the included USB cable to charge.
When the device is powered off, it takes about 4 hours to complete charging.
Note: When red battery indicator flashes, device should be charged in order to protect the battery.
Connecting Your Wi-Fi Device to the Mobile Hot Spot
1.Power on the Mobile Hot Spot.
2.On your computer or other Wi-Fi enabled device, search for available Wi-Fi networks and select the network name (SSID) (i.e. Verizon-RC400L-06,) which is also written on the device.
Note: Wi-Fi name (SSID )and password are located on the back of the device.
From a Windows PC: Left-click Wireless Network Connection on the task bar to view available networks. View Available Networks. Choose the SSID from the list of available networks.
From a Mac computer: Select System Preferences -> Network -> Airport. Click “Advanced” to choose SSID from the list of available networks.
From an iOS device: Settings -> Wi-Fi.Choose SSID from the available networks.
From an Android device: Settings -> Wi-Fi settings. Choose the SSID from the available networks.
3.Enter password located on the back of device and click OK.
The Hot Spot needs to connect to a tower that can access the Verizon cellular service.
Signal strength depends on your physical location, and you may need to move the device around to find the best location.
The Hot Spot should not be more than 30 feet from your personal device. Signal strength will be weaker the farther away your device is from the Hot Spot.
Hold power button for eight (8) seconds to reboot device if necessary.
The hot spot provides unlimited data at full speed.
Cases will contain the hot spot, charging cord, charging block, and an instruction sheet.
Passwords are posted on the back of the device and instruction sheet.
Up to ten (10) devices can be connected simultaneously.
The hot spot must be turned on to work. If it is not turning on, it may need to be charged before use. Turning it off when it is not in use will save battery life.
If no keys are pressed on the device for 30 seconds, LED screen will automatically dim to save power.
The hot spot should be kept in a temperature controlled environment. Do not leave the device outdoors or in a cold or hot vehicle.
Your internet-enabled device should see “Verizon-RC400L” as the connection. (example: Verizon-RC400L-06 )
Wi-Fi name (SSID )and password are located on the back of the device.
The hot spot only works in the continental United States.
There is no internet filtering on the device.
OCPL will not collect any information about the devices used on the hot spot or its Internet use history.
If the Wi-Fi Hot Spot Is Overdue
•The Hot Spot is deactivated at 3 days overdue.
•You will be billed for the cost of the hot spot ($100) if the device is overdue for 14 days.
Please Note: You are responsible for all materials associated with the hot spot and will be required to pay for any loss or damage to the device or its components.
The Ohio County Public Library is not responsible for any liability, damages or expense resulting from use or misuse of the WiFi Hot Spot, connection of the WiFi Hot Spot to other electronic devices, or data loss resulting from use of WiFi Hot Spot.
The Ohio County Public Library cannot guarantee data coverage or connection speed. Performance of the Hot Spot will vary depending upon location and Verizon™ coverage in the area.
The Hot Spots are Ohio County Public Library property. Illegal activities on the Internet are prohibited. Parents and guardians, not library personnel, are responsible for what their children view and read on the Internet. The library cannot ensure the privacy of individuals who use the Internet to conduct business or for personal correspondence. Internet Access Policy is available at
How can you help?
Please take a moment to fill out a short survey at the link below about the new Library of Things collection. Responses regarding what items you would like to see in the library of things will help staff build the best collection possible to serve patrons and the community!
Take the Survey
If you have any questions regarding the new Library of Things collection, please feel free to call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244.