January 20, 2022

Pilot Project: Ottawa Public Will Soon Be First Canadian Public Library to Offer Chromebooks

From the Ottawa Public Library:

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will be the first public library in Canada to offer Chromebooks to its customers. OPL is launching a pilot project on June 10that will see 30 of the new laptops distributed to six branches for customer use 

Chromebooks are lightweight, maintenance free secure laptops that are ideal for catching up on email, creating and editing documents, reading the latest news and of course researching and surfing the web. Customers at the Alta Vista, Carlingwood, Greely, Nepean Centrepointe, Rideau and St-Laurent branches will be able to check out a Chromebook for two hours at a time in the branch.

“This is a great addition to our collection” said Craig Ginther, Manager of Digital Services at the Library. “We are providing a tool to those who don’t necessarily have a laptop or smart device of their own to use in our branches for free.”

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