New West library expands its laptop-lending service

When we launched our Chromebook lending service last year, we expected it would be well received.

But we didn’t know that it would become so successful, with all the devices being regularly requested and constantly checked out. As a result, we’ve increased the number of devices available at our Main Branch and added a set to our Queensborough branch as well.

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Everyone who has an NWPL card with borrowing privileges can check out a Chromebook, which is a laptop that runs on Google’s web-based Chrome operating system. The devices are primarily intended for browsing the Internet or completing tasks that require the use of a browser such as taking online courses, filling out online forms. They can also be used to access Office Online, the web-based version of Microsoft Office, for such products as Word Online, Excel Online, and PowerPoint Online.

The Lenovo N23 Chromebooks can be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis. Two different lending periods are available: 7 days (regular loan) or 3 hours (express loan). Information on device availability based on your preferred lending period can be found by searching the library catalogue. The Chromebooks are Wi-Fi enabled and when used in the library or any other area in New Westminster where City Public WiFi is available, they connect automatically to our public Wi-Fi network.

Another technology available at NWPL is the Kobo ereader. Last year we upgraded our collection of Kobo ereaders to Aura One devices and pre-loaded them with new and popular titles. This month we are introducing a new Kobo service to our users, who can now request specific titles in ebook format. If available from our providers, we will borrow specific titles and load them onto a Kobo, for convenient access. Basically, we’ll take care of all the technical details so you can relax and enjoy the book. If you are new to ebooks and ereaders, this is a great way to explore and learn more.

Our lending technology is ready to be discovered. For more information, visit the library in person, email us at or call us at 604-527-4665.


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