Thanks to an Edge Grant through the Texas State Library and Archive Commission, Stephens Central Library has a dozen new Chromebooks for in-library use.  The purpose of the the grant is to make technology more accessible to the public and is an initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Chromebooks will be available at the library beginning on Monday, June 29.

If you wish to use a Chromebook, you must be 18 years or older, have a library card in good standing (no fines accrued), a picture ID, and a free Google account.   The check out period will be for two hours and may be renewed if there is not anyone waiting to use a device.

Although the Chromebook cannot  print directly to the library printers, files can be e-mailed or saved to a personal Google account then printed from one of the hard-wired PCs.  The lap-top like computers are entirely cloud-based and operate in a kiosk like mode, so nothing is saved to the individual machines, rather, the devices save to your personal Google cloud account.

If you need more information, call the Library at 655-7321 or stop by 33 West Beauregard.

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