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Chromebooks, Hotspots, and More

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Chromebooks

Laptop

The Santa Clara City Library offers Chromebooks for a 1 week checkout period.  Chromebooks are a faster, simpler, and more secure computer.

How to use your Chromebook:

  • Sign in with your Google account, or as a guest by selecting the Browse as Guest option.
  • Connect your Chromebook to the internet using these steps.
  • Once you log out, none of your personal data can be accessed by other users.
  • Visit the Chromebook website for more information on how to get the most out of a Chromebook.

How Chrome Apps Work:

  • Apps allow you to create and share documents, edit photos, listen to music, and much more.
  • You can find thousands of apps in the Chrome Web Store.
  • Unlike software on a traditional computer, apps install in seconds, load instantly, and update automatically.

Quick Overview of our Chromebook Lending Guidelines:

  • 1 week checkout; renewals up to one time if there are no holds.
  • Must be 13 years or older with a valid Picture ID to check out a Chromebook.
  • Chromebook checkout is limited to one per person per week.
  • There is a $30.00 overdue fee.
  • A fee of $265.00 will be charged for Chromebooks that are lost, stolen, damaged or not returned within 3 days. The patron will be reported to a Collection Agency. 
  • Chromebooks must be returned to the Circulation Desk complete with bag, power supply cord, and mouse.

Additional Documentation:

Google Chromebook Support 

Santa Clara City Library detailed Chromebook procedure

Mobile HotspotsWiFi Signal Icon

The Santa Clara City Library offers Internet To Go devices called Hotspots. The devices and one year of service was made possible by a grant from the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends. You can use these 4G LTE mobile hotspots to connect compatible computers or Wi-Fi-enabled consumer electronics like smartphones and tablets to the Internet from any location within the Sprint 3G or 4G coverage areas.

How Mobile Hotspots Work:

To check if your address is covered by Sprint, click on this link: http://coverage.sprint.com/IMPACT.jsp  and type your home address.

Hotspot Lending Guidelines:

  • 1 week checkout; renew it one time if there are no holds, or place a hold.   
  • Must be 13 years old and up with a valid Picture ID to check out a Hotspot.
  • Hotspot checkout is limited to one per person per week.
  • $30.00 overdue fee.
  • A fee of $60.00 will be charged for Hotspots that are lost, stolen, damaged, or not returned within 3 days and the patron will be reported to a Collection Agency. 
  • Hotspots must be returned to the Circulation Desk complete with the included bag and power supply cord. If a Hotspot is not returned on the due date, it will be turned off and the wireless service will be terminated.

iPadsTablet or iPad

The Santa Clara City Central branch offers iPads for checkout.

iPad Lending Guidelines:

  • 1 week checkout; renewals up to one time if there are no holds.  
  • iPad checkout is limited to 1 per person.
  • $30.00 overdue fee.
  • A bill of $510.00 will be charged for iPads that are lost, stolen, damaged or not returned within 3 days after the due date. The patron account is also referred to a collection agency.
  • iPads must be returned to the Circulation Desk at Central Park Library complete with bag, power supply, and charging cable. Do not return iPads through the bookdrop. Upon returning, the Library patron is expected to remain at the desk while the iPad is inspected by staff and checked in.

FitBit Zip™ Wireless Activity Tracker

Get a kick out of fitness with this little device!Fitbit Zip

  • It tracks your steps, distance, and calories burned, then syncing those stats to your computer and select smartphones. In doing so, it celebrates how much more you do each day.
  • Zip™ encourages you to set goals, challenge friends, and go farther - one step at time. That's how you turn everyday life into a social, achievable, awesome path to fitness.

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