Chromebooks for Check-Out
Chromebooks are now available for check-out at all 3 San Rafael Public Library locations: Downtown, Northgate and Pickleweed! To check out a Chromebook, ask a staff member at the service desk. Library card and photo identification required; patrons must be 13+ to check-out a Chromebook.
Chromebooks are available for in-library use only and must be returned before the end of the day. Printing is not available.
Do I need a Google account to use a Chromebook?
A Google account is not required to browse the internet; simply browse as a guest. However, you must have a Google account to use Microsoft compatible applications such as Google Docs for word processing, or Google Slides for presentations. Our desktop public computers are equipped with the Microsoft suite of products.
Will the Chromebook save my account information?
Not if you browse as a guest! Choose “Browse as guest” at the start-up screen even if you have a Google account (you can then log-in to your Google account through the browser). When you end your session, your browsing data will be wiped. If you do choose to log-in using your personal account, practice good digital hygiene by selecting “remove account” from the device after you log-out.
Can it read a flash drive?
Yes! Each Chromebook has one USB port that can be used to read a flash drive.
Does it have a headphone jack?
Yes! You can plug in any standard headphones. Please be considerate to other patrons when listening to audio.
Does it have a CD/DVD drive?
No, our Chromebooks do not have the ability to play back CDs or DVDs.
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