Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates
NOTICE: Fall hours for contactless pickup of library holds at Main, Central Square, O’Neill, and Valente are now in effect. No appointments required. Request items online, by phone at 617-349-4040 or by email at

Takeout Technology


You can now borrow a Chromebook laptop or mobile hotspot for up to two weeks with an automatic one-time renewal if there are no holds.  

Chromebook laptops are simple laptop computers that allow you to check email, watch streaming video, take online classes, and more.

Mobile hotspots are simple devices that provide a wireless internet connection (Wi-FI). You can use a mobile hotspot together with a library chromebook, or with your own computer.

Many thanks to Google Cambridge for their generous support of this initiative.

You will need internet access in order to use a Chromebook. Comcast xfinity wifi is free during the crisis (no comcast account or login required) and signal is very good outside the Main library and many other locations in Cambridge. This can provide you an alternate way to get online.

Overdue Chromebooks and mobile hotspots may be remotely disabled.




1. Request a Device

Request a device by calling 617-349-4040 during our Contactless Pickup service hours at the Main Library, Monday-Wednesday 1:30-7 and Thursday-Saturday 9:30-4 

Provide your library card number, select your preferred Chromebook model or hotspot, and schedule a pickup time.

2. Pickup your Device 

Pickup your device at the Main Library during  your pickup window appointment. There will be two lines. Stand in the line for appointments. Please wear a face covering and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself, Library staff and other patrons.

3. Get Help

If you need help getting started or have questions about your device call us at 617-349-4040 or email us at to set up a One-on-One Tech Help session.

See also our online Guide to Getting Started with a Cambridge Public Library Chromebook.

4. Return your Device

Place your device in the Oversized Items bin during our Contactless Pickup service hours at the Main Library.




What kinds of devices can I check out?

Chromebook Laptops

Mobile Hotspots

Click on a device to find out more about it.

What if I don't have a library card?

You can get a temporary library card online.

Staff will be happy to help you get this set up when you call to reserve your device.