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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 patrons can drive to and access Internet from their car (or sometimes from in 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.
  • 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, AT&T is offering access to Internet with speeds up to 10mbps for $10/month.
    •  AT&T is:
      • Expanding 'Access from AT&T' eligibility to households with an income 135% or less than federal poverty guideline as well as households participating in National School Lunch and Head Start Program
  • If you are a new costumer and one person in your family is on public assistance (NSLP or SSI), Spectrum is offering access to internet with speeds up to 30mbps for $10-15/month + in-home WiFi service for an additional $5 per month.
  • Comcast's Internet Essentials package (for Xfinity customers who are on public assistance programs like SNAP, NSLP, SSI, and others) offers access to Internet with speeds up to 25mbps for $9.95/month. Through June 30, 2021, eligible new customers will also receive 60 days of Internet Essentials service free of charge.
  • FCC Lifeline discount: Households that make less than 135% of the federal poverty guideline or have one member on public assistance programs can get $9.25 off monthly internet OR phone bill
    • For households on Tribal Lands, they can get $34.25 off monthly internet OR phone bill.
  • 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 is offering grants to help local institutions address the Internet and technology needs in their communities. The second round of funding for the Connect Illinois Broadband Grant Program opened for applications on December 1, 2020, and will stay open until April 12, 2021. Information about applying 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 St. Charles Public Library has Wi-Fi hotspot equipment for patrons to check out. Patrons can also use Wi-Fi and public computers in the library. 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-Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 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-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm., Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–5:00 pm.

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.–9:00 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). ​