You can now use your Pratt library card to borrow a Chromebook! The devices, complete with power adapter/cord and carrying bag, can be picked up and returned at any of the Pratt Library Sidewalk Service locations.
Borrowing a Chromebook
Customers must be 13 or older to borrow a Chromebook, and there is a limit of one each per cardholder. There is a three (3) week loan period, and the device will automatically renew once if there are no holds.
A user agreement must be signed in person at the pickup location before you can borrow the Chromebook. The agreement expires one (1) year from the date signed. Borrowers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the agreement. The parent or guardian does not have to be present at the time of signing.
Acceptable ID must be presented each time a Chromebook is borrowed. Borrowers under 18 may present a student ID, report card, official school document, or the parent or guardian may show ID.
Chromebooks require an internet connection, you may also reserve a mobile hotspot to get free internet access.RESERVE A CHROMEBOOK
Please follow these guidelines while borrowing and using the Chromebook.
- Keep the device in its carrying bag and in a safe place while not in use.
- Be gentle when using the touchscreen. Protect the screen by not closing any objects (e.g. headphones) in between the screen and keyboard.
- Chromebooks perform best in relatively cool areas. Avoid using for long periods in direct sunlight or humid conditions.
- Open and close the Chromebook carefully. Close the Chromebook before carrying it around.
- Eat or drink away from the device. Keep liquids away from the device.
- Remove power cords from an outlet by the plug rather than by the cord.
About the Chromebook
You will need to log into the Chromebook using a Gmail account. Users that don’t have a Gmail account may sign up or create an account after logging into the guest account on the device. Please note when using the guest account that any saved files or user downloaded apps will disappear once logged out or if the device shuts down.
Each Chromebook is pre-loaded with the following applications (apps):
- Google Chrome
- Google Play Store
- Google Classroom
- Libby, by OverDrive
Users may download additional apps from the Google Play Store while borrowing the device, though some apps may not download due to security settings.
The Chromebook has a built-in webcam so that users may participate in video calls or meetings.
You will be able to save your work to a flash drive or Google Drive. The Chromebook also comes equipped with a microSD slot and combination headphone/microphone jack (headphones not included). Chromebooks do not have a CD drive.
The Chromebook is a touchscreen and has a 360 degree hinge, allowing the screen to be gently flipped and converted into a tablet.
The library is not responsible for data uploaded or downloaded to the device. Need help? Download a user guide PDF for the Chromebook, manufactured by HP.
Chromebooks must be returned in person through a Sidewalk Service appointment. Please do not return in the book drop or leave outside of the book drop.
Damaged and missing parts will be charged accordingly. Lost or damaged Chromebooks (all pieces plus processing fee) cost $405.99. The Chromebook and power adapter/cord cost $379.99. The carrying bag costs $20. Login access will be disabled on long overdue devices. Once the device has been returned in good condition, fees will be removed for overdue or missing devices and accessories.
Baltimore, we are here for you. We are pleased to offer Sidewalk Service, a contact-free way to check out and pick-up books and other materials from the Pratt Library.