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.
What do you need to know before borrowing a Laptop at Brooklyn Public Library?
BPL patrons ages 13 and up may borrow a laptop at select libraries. All borrowers with a valid, full-access library card are allowed two sessions for a maximum of 120 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 present their own valid full-access library card along with photo identification. An appropriate ID may be:
- 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.
- 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.
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).
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).