Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Mendocino County Library Bridges the Digital Divide: Chromebooks Now Available for Checkout

The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Library:

[Photo from the Mendocino County Library]

The Mendocino County Library has implemented a new program offering Chromebook laptops for check-out to help bridge the digital divide and give Mendocino County residents access to technology where they need it.

The 63 Chromebooks were obtained through funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program administered by the Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC) with oversight from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The purpose of this program is to address the high rate of unmet need for technology services throughout the country. Each of the six library branches and the Bookmobile have devices that are available to be loaned out for a 28-day checkout period on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis. Each Chromebook kit contains a Chromebook laptop, charger with cable, case, and instructions. Library staff are also available to help with troubleshooting and to answer any questions.

Chromebooks are the latest in a growing list of non-traditional items that library users can borrow from public libraries. Mendocino County Library also lends out Wi-Fi hotspots, cooking kits, memory kits, DIY Energy and Water Saving Toolkits, seed packets, California State Parks passes, early education literacy kits, and at some locations, Playaway Launchpads, and ukuleles.

For more information, please view http://www.mendolibrary.org or contact the Mendocino County Library at 707-234-2872.

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