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?

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 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:

  1. 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
  2. Borrowers are responsible for the laptop while it is in their possession.
  3. Laptops must remain in the laptop area only.
  4. Laptops may not be left unattended.
  5. Borrowers may not eat or drink by the laptops.
  6. Laptop sessions must end on time.
  7. If a second session is desired, borrowers must approach a staff member.
  8. Borrowers will be charged a replacement fee of up to $1,200 for damaged or missing laptops. 
  9. 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.

New Technology

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:

Computer Basics Handout

Microsoft Word 2010 Handout

Microsoft Excel 2010 Handout

Internet Basics Handout


New technology and workshops are made possible through NYC Connected Communities, a program coordinated by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).

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