Please note the Chromebooks are for in-branch use only.
Chromebooks are lightweight, user-friendly laptops that make technology accessible to everyone. With their simple setup and intuitive interface, anyone can use them with ease. Chromebooks boot up in seconds, and with automatic updates you get the latest software without interruption. Privacy and security are prioritized, as all saved files and data are wiped after a client logs off.
To print documents from a chromebook, clients can upload any document(s) to OPL’s mobile printing service and print their document(s) at any branch. The cost of printing at OPL is $0.10/page.
Saving files on a chromebook is easy. With a Google account clients can use Google Drive as a virtual storage space for their documents and files. When saving a document on a chromebook using Google Drive, it gets stored securely in the cloud instead of saving it directly to the device’s hard drive. It keeps files safe, lets you access them from any device, and allows you to easily share and collaborate with others. Alternatively, clients can use a USB/flash drive to save their files during their session. Note, clients can also use other cloud storage services on a chromebook to save their files such as: Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive, etc.
Clients can checkout and use a chromebook (in-library use only) for 3 hours per day with a valid library card.
To access the internet at a branch, you can connect to the public wireless network named oplbpo-1. After connecting to this network, you will be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN. In addition to the public wireless network, you can connect (where available) to OPL-BPO Hotspot; password: opl-bpo!.
What apps are loaded on the Chromebooks?
The apps that come pre-loaded on the Chromebooks are all Google based, such as: Chrome, Chrome Web Store, Google Search, YouTube, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Drive (which includes Docs, Sheets, Presentations, etc.), Files, Google Play Music, Google Play Books, and Google Play Movies.
Does Google save my information?
Google does not keep any user data. Under OPL’s privacy statement, the Library does not keep any customer data either. The data gets deleted from the Chromebooks after every session.
What types of photo ID do you accept?
Customers are required to have a Library account in good standing as well as a valid photo ID such as driver’s license, passport, employee ID, student ID, membership card (e.g. ski pass) or citizenship card.