Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) have announced that the system is now offering Chromebook and Wi-Fi hotspot bundles for check out. The initiative marks the first time customers can borrow a computer to use at home.
“Many county residents still don’t have reliable access to a computer and high-speed internet,” Library CEO Skip Auld said. “Thanks to funding from the Library Foundation, we are proud to be able to meet the needs of many families that are working and learning at home,” he added.
The 50 available kits can be checked out for seven days and can be renewed if no one is waiting. Like existing library Wi-Fi hotspots, the bundles can be requested to be picked up at any branch. Customers with SAIL or Educator cards can also check out these kits, though there is no extended loan period for Educator cards. Learn more about the kits at www.aacpl.net/chromebooks.
The Wi-Fi hotspots, featuring unlimited high-speed data, can support up to 10 phones, tablets, laptops or other mobile devices. These devices have been extremely popular with customers since their launch in August 2018.
AACPL continues to enhance its learning and digital offerings for customers including free online tutoring and resume review from Brainfuse, skill building video tutorials from Lynda.com and Udemy and language learning with Rosetta Stone and Mango Languages. Learn more about all AACPL learning resources at www.aacpl.net/research-learn.
Students and parents can get homework help and assistance with online learning for all ages at www.aacpl.net/learningathome.