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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

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

Geneva Public Library

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

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday: 9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

Geneva Public Library does not have hotspot equipment for patrons to check out. The library is allowing patrons to use Wi-Fi and computers in the building on a first come, first serve basis.  

Hotspot: No | 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.

St. Charles Public Library is allowing patrons to check out hotspot equipment. Patrons may also use Wi-Fi and computers in the building, but they need to make an appointment. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance and are limited to one visit per day. For more information call 630-584-0076 or text 630-998-7275. Patrons can see what other electronic equipment the library offers for check out here

Hotspot: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes

Aurora Public Library

Santori Library101 S. River St., Aurora, IL, 60506 | 630-264-4117

Eola Road Branch555 S. Eola Rd, Aurora, IL, 60504 | 630-898-5220

West Branch233 S. Constitution Dr., Aurora, IL, 60506 | 630-844-8695

All Libraries: Sunday: 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday: 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday: 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Friday: CLOSED, Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The Aurora Public Library is allowing patrons to check out hotspot equipment. They are also allowing patrons to use Wi-Fi and computers in the library, but patrons must make an appointment in advance by calling the library branch number. 

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.–1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

The Batavia Public Library is allowing patrons to check out hotspot equipment, but only Batavia Public Library cardholders. Patrons can use Wi-Fi in the library, but must make an appointment online. Call 630-879-1393 ext. 2 to make your appointment. 

Hotspot: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes

Messenger Public Library of North Aurora

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

Monday, Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Sunday, Wednesday: CLOSED

The North Aurora Public Library is allowing patrons to check out hotspot equipment. They are also allowing patrons to use Wi-Fi and computers in the library (max. 2hr session per day). 

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.–8:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.                        Vulnerable population hours are Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Rakow Branch2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL, 60124 | 847-531-7271

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Vulnerable population hours are Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

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

Monday–Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Friday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–­3:30 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 p.m.­– 4:00 p.m. ONLY Grab and Go

Vulnerable population hours are Monday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Gail Borden is allowing patrons to check out hotspot equipment, and they are also allowing patrons to use Wi-Fi in the building. To make an appointment to use a computer, call the number associated with the library branch. 

Hotspot: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar GroveRoute 47 @ Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554-9454

Aurora Downtown18 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506-4134

Aurora Fox Valley2060 Ogden Ave, Aurora, IL 60504-7222

Plano100 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).

Free and Low-cost Internet Options

  • The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) offers a complete FAQ in English and Spanish explaining what Broadband service (Internet) is, 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 $5-10/month.
  • If you are a new costumer and one person in your family is on public assistance, Spectrum is offering access to internet with speeds up to 30mbps for $14.99/month for 12 months.
  • Comcast's Internet Essentials package (for Xfinity customers who are on public assistance programs, including low-income households, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities) offers access to internet with speeds up to 25mbps for $9.95/month. Through the end of the year, eligible new customers will also receive 60 days of Internet Essentials service, without charge, due to COVID-19.
    • Xfinity is offering a Visa prepaid card worth about two months of internet service to college students who live in households that are not already Xfinity customers but are located in the Xfinity service area. No upfront fees, no installation costs. Students who sign up for service by September 30th will receive a $150 Visa prepaid card.
  • 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 through certain ISPs
    • For households on Tribal Lands, they can get $34.95 off monthly internet OR phone bill
  • Other COVID-19 Internet packages can be found here (updated May 11, 2020) and here (Updated July 2, 2020).

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 will show free, public Wi-Fi locations that patrons can drive to and access internet from their car (or sometimes from in the buildings themselves).
  • Through the end of the year, Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots in out-of-home locations will be available for free to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity Internet customers. The finder can be located here, and shows all Xfinity hotspots in your area. The finder includes residential locations, so be sure to check google maps and make certain the hotspot you're going to is in a public place.

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 Community and Broadband grants to help local institutions address the internet and technology needs in their communities.
  • 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.