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Chromebooks To Go

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Are you a student who needs to work on a computer away from the classroom? Do you need a computer to take part in telehealth visits, pay your bills, or apply for jobs? If so, MCPL is now offering Chromebook To Go, a service that allows customers to check out a Chromebook where and when they need it.  

Use a Chromebook To Go device to check your email, access online Library resources that help with homework, browse websites, conduct research, stream music or movies, and more! 

Please note: MCPL Chromebook To Go devices require internet access to use online features. If you do not have internet access, you can also check out the Wi-Fi To Go service.

How to Borrow a Chromebook To Go

  1. Visit the online catalog to place a hold on a Chromebook To Go and have it delivered to the Library location of your choice. Or contact your local branch to help you place a hold.  

  2. When you receive notice that your Chromebook To Go is ready at your selected location, pick up your device in branch or via curbside pickup. 

  3. Once you have the Chromebook, follow the instructions included to use your device.

  4. You have 14 days to use the Chromebook device. If there are no holds on the device (other customers waiting to use it), you may renew your checkout two more times, for a total of up to six weeks. 

  5. When you’re done, return the kit to any MCPL branch. Kits cannot be placed in the drop boxes.  

  6. There is no cost to you to use the device. 

Borrow a Chromebook

Library card required. Need one? Sign up here » 

What is a Chromebook?

Chromebooks are an alternative to Windows-based laptops or Macbooks and run on Google’s Chrome OS platform. They are lighter and have a longer battery life, but they have less storage and functionality. They are helpful for most browser-based functions, including web browsing, watching videos, conducting video conferencing or telehealth sessions, and checking social media and email accounts. They include a built-in camera and microphone, but are not recommended for gaming or photo and video editing, due to limited device storage.

Please note: MCPL Chromebook To Go devices require internet access to use online features. If you do not have internet access, you can also check out the Wi-Fi To Go service.

How do I connect my device to Wi-Fi?

Outside the Library

  1. You’ll need to choose a Wi-Fi network from settings, located within the taskbar visible at the bottom right of your display (Figure 1).
  2. From Wi-Fi settings, click “Not Connected” to show a list of available networks.
  3. Select the desired network, entering a password if required. Please note that clicking the Wi-Fi icon above “Not Connected,” will only turn the Chromebook Wi-Fi on and off. 

Please note: MCPL Chromebook To Go devices require internet access to use online features. If you do not have internet access, you can also check out the Wi-Fi To Go service.

Figure 1

You’ll need to choose a Wi-Fi network from settings, located within the taskbar visible at the bottom right of your display

At the Library

  1. The Chromebook will automatically connect to the Guest Wi-Fi at the library.
  2. You will need to acknowledge the Library Acceptable Use Policy before accessing the internet. 
  3. From the browser window (Figure 2) click Library Links, then choose “Connect to Library Guest Wi-Fi”.
  4. Click “Continue” to start using the internet.

Figure 2

From the browser window click Library Links, then choose “Connect to Library Guest Wi-Fi”.

Who is allowed to check out a Chromebook To Go kit? 

Anyone with a Mid-Continent Public Library card may check out a Chromebook To Go kit. Only one kit can be checked out per card.

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Can I place a Chromebook To Go kit on hold in advance? 

Yes, you can place them on hold through the Library’s online catalog and pick them up at any location. 

How long can I check out a Chromebook To Go kit for? 

The initial borrowing period is 14 days. If there are no holds on the kit (other customers waiting to use it), you may renew your checkout twice for a total of six weeks. You must return the entire Chromebook To Go kit at the end of the checkout period.

Can I extend my borrowing period if I need it longer? 

If there no holds on the device (other customers waiting to use it), you may renew your checkout twice for a total of six weeks. You must return the entire Chromebook To Go kit at the end of the checkout period. Kits cannot be returned in the drop boxes.

What comes in the Chromebook To Go kit? 

The following is included in your Chromebook Kit:

  • Chromebook with headset and USB ports and a built-in camera and microphone
  • Power adapter and wired mouse that can be connected to USB ports on either side of the computer 
  • Storage bag
  • User Guide

How do I return the device? 

Return the kit to any open Library location. Kits cannot be returned in the drop boxes.

What happens if I lose or damage the device?

The cost for a replacement device is $85, which will be charged to a customer’s account. 

If you have lost the device, contact your branch immediately and staff can turn off the device remotely.

What happens if I don’t return the device?

The device will be disabled and a replacement fee of $85 will be placed on the customer's account. This fee will be removed if the device is returned.

Can the Library see how I used the internet? 

The Library is not able to see your browsing history or other activity while connected to the devices. 

Is my web browsing restricted in any way while using the device? 

The devices are equipped with a content filter that prevents viewing of pornographic and malicious websites. This keeps the Library in compliance with Federal regulations and Library policy. 

Users must abide by the Library's Acceptable Use Policy.

What should I do if the device seems to be broken or isn’t working correctly? 

For assistance with your device, contact your branch.

How is the Library paying for this?

This service is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Can I purchase a Chromebook from the Library to keep?

MCPL doesn’t have units for sale. 

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