Six laptops recently bought by the Coquitlam Public Library can now be checked out for home, business or school use.
But they can only be borrowed for up to a week — and for a cost.
Yesterday (June 1), library officials said the six Lenovo ThinkPad laptops (model E485) that have been available since March from the kiosk at the City Centre branch can be borrowed for use outside of the library.
The charger and case will also be included.
Patrons can use their library card — or digital library card via the CoqLibrary or CloudLibrary apps — to take out a device, which is loaded with common software such as Microsoft Office and Google Chrome; however, customers can also install their own programs, too.
When returned, the laptops will be erased of their download and browsing histories, and will revert to the original settings.
And, due to provincial health regulations, the loaned-out laptops will be sanitized.
Laptops can be borrowed for free for two hours.
After that time there will be a rental fee of $2 an hour, to a maximum of $336. And those who lose their laptops will be billed $944. Fees may also apply for laptops that are returned damaged.
For long-term use, a fee of $1 per hour is put on to the customer’s account for the charging kit but that is waived when the accessories are returned.
The City Centre branch is located at 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.