Libraries offering computers for checkout | Business
Libraries aren't what they used to be. Now you can check out just about anything including a laptop computer.
Starting in July, patrons can check out a state-of-the-art Dell laptop computer at the East Baton Rouge Parish Goodwood library branch. The computer can be used for up to three days. The program is also available at other libraries throughout the state.
The program is funded by an $8.8 million grant from the State Library of Louisiana. The state library has issued 640 computers throughout Louisiana with each parish receiving 10. Laptops will be available in every parish by the end of the year.
"This is going to help a lot of people," says Sarah Crawford with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. "We're really excited."
The laptops are Internet-ready so all you have to do is take them to a hotspot to access the internet. The laptops also include GPS software to track them in case of loss or theft.
To check out a computer, you must have a valid library card that was issued 90 days prior to checkout and be in good standing meaning you don't owe any fines. You must also have a current photo ID.
The computers will be issued on a first-come, first serve basis.
For more information, go to www.ebrpl.com, call the Goodwood Library at (225) 231-3740 or the State Library at (225) 342-4923.