6/20 - Solano County Library Now Lending Google Laptops

By Ann Miller

June 20, 2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506; amiller@solanocounty.com 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

SOLANO COUNTY LIBRARY NOW LENDING GOOGLE LAPTOPS 

Solano County Library users can now borrow Google Chromebook laptops for free. All branches except the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo are lending the light, fast, inexpensive computers.  John F. Kennedy will begin lending them when its consolidation project is completed later this summer.   

The  Library received 30 Chromebooks as part of a grant from the California State Library to help local libraries meet the demand for Internet access.  The Chromebooks connect to the Internet through wifi and must be used in the library. Cardholders can check them out at the customer service desks.  

“The devices are lightweight and their browsing is fast.  They are perfect for people who are working together in one of our study rooms,” said Lynne Williams, the Library’s deputy director for support services.  

Chromebooks are laptop computers that run completely in “the cloud,” the practice of storing computer files on servers, accessed through the Internet. No personal information or preferences are stored on the device making it a good fit for a lending laptop.  Users’ information such as emails, passwords, browser history, etc. is stored on Google’s remote servers rather than on the Chromebook.  A user can control the information that Google retains by following instructions on the screen.  

“When we piloted this project, the people who tested the Chromebooks found all sorts of ways to use them. They downloaded apps for creating presentations, discovering music, playing games and keeping in touch with family. They reported that the Chromebooks were user friendly;  they didn’t need much help to get started,” said Williams.