Peoria libraries offer laptop lending program

Posted 10/1/20

The Peoria Public Library System is offering Chromebooks paired with Wi-Fi hotspots for checkout.

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Peoria libraries offer laptop lending program

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The Peoria Public Library System is offering Chromebooks paired with Wi-Fi hotspots for checkout.

These laptop kits are ideal for students, professionals on the go, and those needing a device and Internet access for job seeking and staying connected. Each kit includes a Google Chromebook, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and chargers and adapters for the devices.

The Laptop Lending Program is funded by the CARES Act and the city of Peoria. Patrons must be Peoria residents to participate.

Laptops may be checked out at the main library, 8463 W. Monroe St., or Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Ave.

Due to the limited technical support available through the library, it is recommended that patrons have a beginner’s level experience with using a laptop computer before checking out a laptop kit.

Patrons must have a Google account to use the Chromebooks. When signing into the device, there is an option to create a Google account if needed.

Chromebook kits have a lending period of 21 days with no renewals, may be placed on hold, and need to be returned to the circulation desk in the library where it was checked out. Do not place them in the book drops.

Microsoft Office is not installed on the devices. Google offers its own similar production software freely through a personal account (i.e. Google Docs).

Visit https://support.google.com/chromebook/ for help and assistance using the Chromebook.

A physical inspection of the Chromebook and Wi-Fi hotspot prior to checkout was preformed and found it to be in good working order. Patrons will allow at least five minutes for a library staff member to check the equipment again upon its return.

Patrons may not alter, delete, copy, or tamper with any software loaded on the Chromebook or otherwise change its existing configuration. Patrons may not install software on the Chromebooks.

The Library is not responsible for damage to an external device (i.e. a flash drive or other external device) or for the loss of data that may occur while the Chromebook is in use.

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