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630-406-7126
Located on the 2nd floor
16th Judicial Circuit
37W777 IL Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175

​​Hotspots, Wi-Fi, & Internet Services Free or Low Cost​​Self-Representation Icon

How to Find a Free Internet Hotspot Near You

  • The Illinois State Government has created a drive-up Wi-Fi hotspot finder, located here. The hotspot finder shows free, public Wi-Fi locations that you can drive to and access from your car (or sometimes from inside the buildings themselves).

Free and Low-cost Internet Options

  • The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) offers a complete FAQ in English and Spanish explaining Broadband service (Internet), what your options are in the United States, and how to get it.
  • The CUB (Citizens Utility Board) has compiled a list of Internet/Broadband services programs for low-income households in Illinois.

Here is a short summary of low-cost Internet options, including temporary COVID-19 related packages:

  • If one person in your household is on SNAP, Access from AT&T offers Internet for $10/month. Temporarily, AT&T is expanding Access from AT&T eligibility to households with an income 135% or less than the federal poverty guideline as well as households participating in National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and Head Start Program.
  • If you are a new costumer and one person in your family is on public assistance (NSLP or SSI), Spectrum Internet Assist is offering internet for $10-15/month.
  • Comcast's Internet Essentials package (for Xfinity customers who are on public assistance programs like SNAP, NSLP, SSI, and others) offers Internet for $9.95/month. Through December 31, 2021, eligible new customers will also receive 60 days of Internet Essentials service free of charge.
  • The FCC Lifeline discount: households that make less than 135% of the federal poverty guideline or have one member on public assistance programs can get $9.95 off monthly internet OR phone bill.
    • Households on Tribal lands can get $34.95 off monthly internet OR phone bills.
  • As of May 18, 2021, the FCC now also offers the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB). Eligible households can get up to $50 per month towards broadband service and up to $75 per month if the household lives on qualifying Tribal lands.
    • Eligible households can also get a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
    • If a household qualifies for the FCC's Lifeline discount, they also qualify for the EBB program.
  • Customers who qualify for the EBB Program have many options to find the best plan for their needs.
    • Customers can find AT&T PREPAID and Cricket Wireless EBB program partnership plans on Walmart.com.
    • New and existing customers can find more information about Comcast Internet Essentials' partnership with the EBB program here.

More Information on Internet in Illinois and COVID-19

  • The Illinois State Government released a 5-year Broadband Strategic Plan, located here. Governor Pritzker hopes by 2024, all Illinois homes, businesses, and community institutions throughout the state will have access to basic Internet service.
  • The Illinois Department of Commerce offers grants to help local institutions address the Internet and technology needs in their communities. Information about all grant opportunities can be found here.
  • Access Living, the Center for Independent Living (CIL) that serves the City of Chicago, has put together a list of COVID-related resources for the disability community, including technology and internet resources that may help make Zoom and other internet-based services more accessible for people with disabilities.

Free Hotspots and/or Wi-Fi available at local public libraries

Please Note: Check your local library's website for updated information on what services they are offering.

Geneva Public Library

227 S. 7th St., Geneva, IL, 60134 | 630-232-0780

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday: 9:00 a.m. –6:00 p.m., Saturday: 9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m., Saturday: 12:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m.

Patrons can check out Wi-Fi hotspot equipment from the Geneva Public Library here. The library also has computers, laptops, and tablets that patrons can use in 1-hour increments. Guest passes are available for non-GPL card holders.

Hotspot: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes

St. Charles Public Library

1 S. 6th Ave, St. Charles, IL, 60174 | 630-584-0076

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday: 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

The library's temporary location is closed, and the new library will reopen in early July 2021. Until further notice, Wi-Fi hotspots are the only equipment available for check out.

For more information call 630-584-0076, text 630-998-7275 or live-chat with a reference librarian here.

Hotspot: Yes | Wi-Fi: No

Aurora Public Library 

630-264-4117

Santori Library | 101 S. River St., Aurora, IL, 60506 

Eola Road Branch | 555 S. Eola Rd, Aurora, IL, 60504 

West Branch | 233 S. Constitution Dr., Aurora, IL, 60506 

All Libraries: Sunday: CLOSED, Monday, Tuesday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday: 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Aurora Public Library has Wi-Fi hotspot equipment for patrons to check out. Patrons can also use Wi-Fi and public computers in the library. Appointments are no longer required to visit the library, but computer sessions are limited to 60 min per day per patron.

Hotspot: Yes |  Wi-Fi: Yes

Batavia Public Library

10 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL, 60510 | 630-879-1393

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Sunday: 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. (June-Aug)

Patrons can check out Wi-Fi hotspot equipment from the Batavia Public Library here. Patrons can also use Wi-Fi and public computers in the library on a limited basis. Computer appointments are encouraged. Call 630-879-1393 ext. 2 to make an appointment. 

Hotspot: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes

Messenger Public Library of North Aurora

113 Oak St., North Aurora, IL 60542 | 630-896-0240

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday: 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

The North Aurora Public Library has Wi-Fi hotspot equipment for patrons to check out. Patrons can also use Wi-Fi and computers in the library.

Hotspot: Yes |  Wi-Fi: Yes

Gail Borden Public Library District 

Main Building | 270 N. Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120 | 847-742-2411 

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.         

Rakow Branch | 2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL, 60124 | 847-531-7271

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

South Elgin Branch | 127 South McLean Blvd., South Elgin, IL, 60177 | 847-931-2090

Monday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–­4:00 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 p.m.­– 4:00 p.m.

Gail Borden Public Library has Wi-Fi hotspot equipment for patrons to check out, and patrons can also use Wi-Fi and public computers in the building for a maximum of 2 hours per day per patron. Guest passes for non-GBPLD card holders are available.

Hotspot: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove | Route 47 @ Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554-9454

Aurora Downtown | 18 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506-4134

Aurora Fox Valley | 2060 Ogden Ave, Aurora, IL 60504-7222

Plano | 100 Waubonsee Drive, Plano, IL 60545

Waubonsee offers an open wireless Internet connection for guests on all campuses on the WCC-Guest network (no password required).​