Starting May 10 at select locations, active Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) library card holders can reserve a laptop for up to 30 minutes on selected days and times for use outdoors at the library. Scheduled appointments will not be required. Click here to view a full list of Outdoor Laptop Loan events. These outdoor events are weather permitting and may be cancelled due to inclement weather.
Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is a proud partner in New York City Connected Communities (NYC-CC).
One of NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications' (DoITT) broadband access programs, NYC-CC allows more New Yorkers to close the digital divide by expanding the availability of laptop computers, internet access points, and computer classes. In addition, NYC Connected Communities offers a variety of resources that support digital literacy and employment. With access to computer classes, social media workshops, one-on-one resume and career help, and more learning opportunities, BPL is a library system where users can improve their computer skills and become workforce ready.
Outdoor Laptop Loan Program
Only adults (ages 17+) and young adults (ages 13-17) may borrow laptops. To borrow a laptop you must have a valid BPL library card and acceptable identification. Adults are required to show a current government-issued photo ID displaying home address and Young Adults are required to show a valid school ID or non-driver's picture ID. If your government-issued ID does not have a current address you must also present a recent piece of mail (postmarked within 90 days) with your current address. Library staff will hold onto your library card for the duration of your laptop loan session.
Visit the Borrowing Materials page for more information on getting a BPL library card and qualifying forms of identification.
The following branches will offer Outdoor Laptop Loans:
Starting May 10, 2021:
Starting May 17, 2021:
What do you need to know before borrowing a Laptop at Brooklyn Public Library?
Brooklyn Public Library allows patrons ages 13 and up, to borrow a laptop at select libraries. All borrowers with a valid library card are allowed two sessions for a maximum of 30 minutes per session. Appointments will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. We cannot schedule laptop reservations in advance. All users should adhere to the following rules:
- Borrowers interested in using a laptop, must use their own valid library card and present appropriate identification. A list of appropriate ID is below:
- Appropriate Identification
- Driver License
- Photo Learner’s Permit
- Non-Driver’s ID
- IDNYC Municipal Card
- Teens can present a School ID
- Borrowers are responsible for the laptop while it is in their possession.
- Laptops must remain in the laptop area only.
- Laptops may not be left unattended.
- Borrowers may not eat or drink by the laptops.
- Laptop sessions must end on time.
- If a second session is desired, borrowers must approach a staff member.
- When the “Outdoor Laptop Loan” service closes, all users will be logged off even if the thirty-minute session has not ended.
- Borrowers will be charged a replacement fee of up to $1,200 for damaged or missing laptops.
- All Borrowers must follow BPL’s Tech Use Policy. Failure to comply with this policy will result in a loss of borrowing privileges. For details concerning the policy, visit https://www.bklynlibrary.org/use-the-library/policy/technology-use-policy.
At select locations, this service is made possible by NYC Connected Communities, a program coordinated by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).
Logging in to a laptop during Outdoor Laptop Loan:
- From the time a reservation starts, you will have up to 5 minutes to log in to your assigned laptop before the reservation is canceled.
- You will need your library card number and pin to log in.
- Laptop sessions are up to 30 minutes long. There are no extensions allowed.
- All sessions end 15 minutes before the program ends.
- If you need help, check the quick guides provided in the reservation area. If you cannot find your answer in the guides, you may ask a staff.
- While staff assists you at a laptop, you must keep a safe social distance and wear a mask.
- Please follow all posted signs and instructions from staff when using the laptops.
Additional Resources and Programs:
Resume and Career Help
Schedule one-on-one sessions through Zoom to get help working on a resume, searching for a job, using online career resources or practicing interview skills. Classes on special topics will also be offered. Learn more.
Try out music or photo software; learn how to use Microsoft Office programs, such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint; and learn how to navigate social networking and media websites with the help of experienced staff.
Download handouts from our workshops:
New technology and workshops are made possible through NYC Connected Communities, a program coordinated by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).