Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates
NOTICE: Contactless holds pickup is suspended effective Jan. 2, 2021. The Library's virtual programs and services and digital collections continue to be available. For assistance, call 617‑349‑4040 or email library@cambridgema.gov.

Takeout Technology

 

The Cambridge Public Library has a variety of technology available to borrow for a two-week loan period with two automatic renewals if no one is waiting. 

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

HOW IT WORKS

 

1. Call us to request a device

Call us during our Contactless Pickup service hours to request a device from the list below.

Main Library:                    617-349-4040 
Central Square Branch:   617-349-4010  
O’Neill Branch:                 617-349-4023 
Valente Branch:                617-349-4015 

Provide your library card number and let us know what you would like to borrow. 

2. Pickup your Device 

When your requested item is ready for pick up, we will call you and hold the item for 7 open days. You can pickup during our contactless pickup services hours.  

**Please wear a face covering and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself, Library staff and other patrons during pickup** 

3. Return your Device

Place your device in the Oversized Items bin during our Contactless Pickup service hours. Takeout Technology must be returned to the same location you picked up the item.

 

Takeout Technology Items

 

Chromebook Laptops

Available at the Main Library

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

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.

 

Mobile Hotspots

Available at the Main Library

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.

 

Chromebook + Hotspot Bundle

Available at Main, O'Neill and Valente from December 14th 2020

Available at Central Square when it reopens (anticipated late December 2020)

A Chromebook laptop and mobile hotspot packaged as a single item to simplify checkout for patrons who want both.

 

Portable DVD Player

Available at the Main Library 

A portable DVD player with its own mini screen -- everything you need to watch DVDs. 

 

Note: overdue Chromebooks and mobile hotspots may be remotely disabled.


 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

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.