Connected @ Your Library

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Connected @ Your Library brings technology and internet access into our communities! Library customers can check out a Chromebook or a Hotspot to use at home, and get access to the library’s online services and resources. Library customers can check out “Hotspot To-Go” and “Chromebook To-Go” for 3 weeks with the option to renew 5 times, as long as no other customer is waiting. Both can be reserved in the library’s catalog.

Four library branches—the Aguila, El Mirage, Fairway and Guadalupe Libraries—will also offer “Get Connected Kits,” which include both the Chromebook and Hotspot in one pack. These kits are only available to residents with a library card account registered at one of those five branches. Library customers must contact these libraries for “Get Connected Kit” availability.

What can I do on a Chromebook?

Chromebooks are laptops with web-browsing capability only. You can still use popular programs like Microsoft Office through a free Google Drive account. Learn how to create an account at https://support.google.com.

Checking out and Returning the Devices:

In order to checkout a device, you will need to have a library account in good standing. You may checkout up to one “Hotspot To-Go” and one “Chromebook To-Go” at a time. Once the device is available for checkout, you will meet with a librarian in person for a short tutorial in your library (checkout of devices is not available during Curbside Pickup). You will also need to sign a borrowing agreement before taking the device home with you. This device is due back three weeks from your checkout date. If there are no requests from other library customers, you may renew it online or by calling (602) 652-3000. Please return Chromebooks and Hotspots inside your library and not in a library drop box.

How do you protect my privacy?

Every time a device is returned, it will go through a factory reset to ensure none of your browsing history will be visible to other customers or staff. The devices will also be sanitized after every checkout cycle.

Need help?

Call (602) 652-3000 or schedule a Book-A-Librarian appointment and one of our staff members can assist you.

Connecting to MCLD’s eResources:

The library has a wealth of resources available for you online. Learn how to connect to all available learning, research and entertainment.

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Connected @ Your Library is possible thanks to CARES Act funding and in partnership with the Maricopa County Office of Enterprise Technology.

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