MONTCLAIR, NJ - Chromebooks are now available for use by Montclair Public School students at the Montclair Public Library, officials announced Tuesday.

“Our goal is to help our students have a successful future by providing the technology they need,” said Peter Coyl, MPL Director.  

The purpose of the initiative is to support academic success by providing students with internet and technology access..

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Library officials also added that the decision was to align with the current Montclair Public Schools Technology Plan to “promote the use of GSuite for Education, Google Classroom and other relevant technology-based tools in the classroom, building and district.”

The Montclair Public Library will lend Chromebooks to students for use in the library and students will be able to use their library cards to borrow a Chromebook for home.

According to the release, Chromebooks will be available to borrow at the Main Library in the Teen Room on the first floor after school and from the third floor Youth Services and Teen Services desk all other times the library is open.

Students will be able to log in with their own school Google accounts for a two hour loan period and may see a staff person to extend their time. At the end of te session, all information and browser history will be wiped from the device to maintain privacy and security, says library leaders.

For those without internet access at home, the Library has also increased the number of Hotspots available for checkout.  Hotspots, a device that provides free wifi access, may also be borrowed by parents and caregivers of Montclair students for a 90 day loan period.

The initiative will also be extended to Montclair adult residents, who will be allowed to borrow hotspots for 28 days. They are also allowed to check out Chromebooks, with a valid Montclair library card, for use on the second floor of the library for a two hour loan period. Borrowers must not have internet access at home.

“By providing Chromebooks and Hotspots we are helping to bridge the digital divide.” said Coyl.  “We want all our students to have the resources and tools they need to achieve their goals and dreams.”