Not only is the Archbold Community Library a hot spot in which to hang out, you can get hotspots there, too.
“Hotspots” are small electronic devices– smaller than a paperback book– that allow people to access the Internet without plug-in connections or home wireless routers.
They access the Internet through cellular phone networks, then distribute it to laptop computers, tablets, and other devices via WiFi.
At its Wednesday, Aug. 14, meeting, the Library Board approved a policy for allowing patrons to check out the five hotspots the library agreed to purchase in January.
The five hotspots and the Internet service through the Sprint cellphone network will each cost the library $23 per month, or $114 total.
Sonya Huser, library director, said hotspots proved so popular, the Delta Public Library started with five and then obtained five more.
Huser provided patron agreement forms from two other libraries for the hotspots, which emphasize that borrowers are limited to established adult library cardholders.
In response to a question, she said when new adult library cards are issued, patrons are limited in the amount of materials they can check out for the first 30 days.
Once they complete the 30-day “probationary period,” they are then considered established patrons.
Board members agreed to a seven-day checkout period that cannot be renewed, and patrons cannot check out the hotspots over and over.
Hotspots cannot be reserved or placed on hold.
Huser said if a patron does not return a hotspot, it can be remotely turned off.
The board debated what fee would be charged if the hotspot is lost.
Kevin Seibert, board member, suggested making the replacement fee high enough to deter people from keeping them. He recommended $75.
The board accepted that suggestion.
Board members again discussed the library Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning system.
The system is composed of six heating and cooling units, which each service different areas of the library. Three of the units date back to 1994- 95.
Huser said a representative from Kevin’s Plumbing and Heating, Archbold, looked over the equipment and recommended some repairs, but also recommended leaving the older units in place until they fail.
She said the library would have a high priority for an emergency repair in case a unit fails, and with six units, the library can continue to operate with five while waiting for the sixth to be repaired.
Jennifer Harkey, library fiscal officer, said she was against the “let them die” option, saying the board should be proactive.
She said she would replace all three of the units from the 1990s.
Huser was directed to get more quotes for replacing the units.
The board also discussed a policy prohibiting firearms within the library building.
Huser told the board a representative of the Ohio Library Council reminded her all public buildings are considered gun-free zones, with law enforcement officers being the only exception to the rule.
The local insurance agent of the library said the library has what is called “malicious assailant” coverage, and reminded her that those who possess concealed carry licenses should know they are not allowed to bring their guns into the library.
The agent also recommended the board have “No Firearms” signs posted.
Andy Bentley, a board member, asked if library employees received training to respond to active shooters.
The board recommended that Huser approach the Archbold Police Department about obtaining training.
Bentley also asked about inviting members of the public to active shooter training.
In response to a request from Harkey, the board granted permission to use digital signatures to pay bills electronically.
The next meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 pm, at the library.