You can get access to Wi-Fi by borrowing mobile hotspots from one of New York City’s libraries or by visiting a City park.

The Queens Public Library lends free mobile hotspots to library card holders.

Mobile hotspots are smaller than most cell phones and provide Internet access for any Wi-Fi enabled device, such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone, almost anywhere.

First time borrowers will be asked to show photo ID and fill out a borrower's agreement. You can borrow a hotspot for one month and renew it up to three times at some Queens libraries.

Online

Find out more about borrowing a free mobile hotspot.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

Mobile hotspots are available at Queens Library branches.

  • Central Library
    89-11 Merrick Boulevard
  • Far Rockaway Library
    1637 Central Avenue
  • Forest Hills Library
    108-19 71st Avenue 
  • Flushing Library
    41-17 Main Street
  • Jackson Heights Library
    35-51 81st Street

The New York City Public Library system across all 5 boroughs are lending 5,000 mobile Wi-Fi hotspots to eligible parents this fall.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a parent or guardian of a NYC public school child (K-12). This can be any kind of community school, charter school, or regular public school.
  • Be at least 18-years-old
  • Have a valid New York Public Library card without any fees
  • Not have internet at home

If you are eligible you can visit your local library for help with the online registration process.

Hotspots are due back to the library at the end of the school year.

Learn more about the New York Public Library hotpot lending program.

You can stay connected to the Internet from your laptop, smartphone, tablet, and other mobile devices while enjoying parks throughout New York City. Many of the City parks offer access Wi-Fi service.

View a map and get a list of City parks where Wi-Fi hotspots are available.

Access to Wi-Fi in New York City parks is made available by the following providers:

  • ATT offers Wi-Fi free to all user at all times
  • Cablevision and Time Warner Cable (Spectrum) offers 3, 10 minute sessions of free Wi-Fi, every 30 days. You can purchase a day pass for 99-cents.
  • Wi-Fi service is free at all times to Cablevision’s Optimum Online and Time Warner Cable (Spectrum) broadband subscribers.

View a list of City parks where Wi-Fi hotspots are available and the providers.