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KFPL now offering Chromebook lending program for library patrons

Fiction section at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Phot by Jessica Foley.

Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) users can now borrow Chromebooks as part of the library’s technology and device lending program.

KFPL is offering 10 Chromebooks, supported by the Cameron & Laurie Thompson Fund with the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area, according to a release from the library, dated Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

“Community connectedness is an important part of our mission to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone in Kingston Frontenac,” said Nicole Charles, Director, Branch Experience at KFPL. “Access to these Chromebooks will help our patrons get online to complete essential activities and enjoy digital opportunities like virtual library programming. It’s another step toward improved computer access within our communities.”

Chromebooks are fast, lightweight laptops, perfect for browsing the internet, word processing, and video conferencing, the library said. They are designed for users to do most of their work online, with files saved to cloud-based user accounts.

The Lenovo 14e Chromebooks will be available to teen and adult cardholders in good standing, with a verified address. The one-week loan period is renewable if there are no other holds on the devices. Customers will return the Chromebooks to a KFPL branch or curbside table. Staff will sanitize and prepare the Chromebooks between users.

The addition of Chromebooks builds on KFPL’s popular wireless internet hotspot lending program, announced in October 2020. The library currently has 15 wireless internet hotspots available for loan, also supported by the Cameron & Laurie Thompson Fund.

For more information, visit www.kfpl.ca or call your local branch.

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