Takeout Technology Service at CPL
We extend access to technology like Chromebook laptops and mobile WiFi hotspots by allowing patrons to check out devices during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
This is an ongoing program.
Days and times vary for each library. Call us during our Contactless Pickup service hours to request a device from one of our available locations. Please also be aware of our holiday hours provided on our Contactless Pickup page: click here to review times.
This program will continue to be available during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Ages: Young Adult to Senior Adult.
Anyone with a library card can request to checkout our takeout technology when devices are available. We recommend adults accompany young children wishing to checkout devices. You can also request a temporary library card if you do not currently have one: click here to get a temporary library card online.
- Sign-up is ongoing
Please follow the instructions for requesting contactless pickup on our website: https://www.cambridgema.gov/cpl/Services/takeouttech
- In-person only.
Cambridge, MA 02138
70 Rindge Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
826 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02141
45 Pearl Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
You must request a device and wait to receive notice that it is available to pickup.
Devices are available for a 2-week checkout period with 2 automatic renewals if no one else is waiting. Devices can be checked out individually or as a single package. If you do not have access to the internet, you will need a mobile hotspot in order to use a Chromebook.
The Library launched its Takeout Technology program in early August to extend patron access to technology resources during the Covid-19 public health crisis. Since the program was launched, the library has expanded its offerings from Chromebook laptops to mobile WIFI hotspots. The latest phase will allow patrons to check out a Chromebook laptop and a mobile WIFI hotspot as a single item. Takeout Technology service will also expand to Central Square, O’Neill and Valente branch locations in addition to the Main Library.