Yes we do.
Since late May of this year, it is possible to checkout one of our Acer Chromebooks at the 3rd Floor Desk at our library.
They are lightweight, have a 15-inch Full HD, wide viewing angle display, 1920 x 1080 resolution, and USB 3.0 for easy transfer of text and data files, photos and even movies at ten times the speed of USB 2.0.
Adult library card holders (18 years old or older) may come to the 3rd Floor Desk to borrow one of the Chromebooks for use on the 3rd Floor of the library for up to 4 hours. Please make sure your library card is up-to-date, is in good standing, and has your picture on your account before you stop at the desk.
If you haven’t used a Chromebook before, we have a handy Chromebook FAQ page on our website for you to get up to speed on working with one. Use this link to access the guide: http://fountaindale.org/chromebooks .
We also have a single-page sheet, “Getting Started with a Chromebook,” that you can use while you are using a Chromebook.
Here are some Key Points to follow when working with one of our Chromebooks:
- Save your work, because everything is cleared when you close the lid or log out. You can save to the cloud or to a USB drive.
- You can go online without having a Google email account, but you will need to create an account and log in and use other apps. Please use this link if you need to set up a Gmail account: https://accounts.google.com/SignUp?service=mail or you can visit the 2nd Floor Computer Commons for assistance in setting up a Google email account.
- You must use Google apps (for example, Docs and not Word), but you can open a Word file (for example) and edit it in Docs.
Once you’ve checked out a Chromebook, what other things can you do, while you are in the library, aside from checking your e-mail and surfing the web?
Here are a few more, based on what our customers and those in other libraries, are doing:
- Access our library’s databases, download articles, and send them to yourself as email attachments. Or, you can print them using our library’s wireless printing.
- Access and read magazines using Zinio, the library’s digital magazine collection.
- Access the library’s digital collection of ebooks and eaudiobooks through OverDrive and use the Listen or Read in Browser feature. You can learn more at these two links: http://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/1775654 and http://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/1775655
- View your digital photos using the built in SD Memory Card Slot.
So, if a Chromebook sounds like it would be a good fit for you, stop by the 3rd Floor Desk and try one out!