This week three new special items became available for check out at the Zumbrota Public Library. They’re called Chromebooks, and they are lightweight laptop computers designed exclusively for online activity. Patrons can check out a Chromebook for use within the library as an alternative to using one of the stationary personal computers. This provides the option of sitting anywhere within the library for greater comfort, convenience, and privacy. For instance, parents might like the option of using a Chromebook at a table in the children’s area while their kids read, play with toys, or use a kids’ computer. Or someone studying or filling out applications might like to take a Chromebook to one of the study carrels along the back walls of the library.
The Chromebooks will only be available for use within the library; they cannot be taken home or outside. Patrons will be asked to leave their driver’s license at the front desk while they are using a Chromebook. The funds for purchasing the Chromebooks were graciously provided by a grant from the Community Trust.