On Wednesday, November 23, 2011, the Friends of Norwell Public Library presented a new DELL laptop computer to the Library. The Library has 13 desktop computers available for patrons to use “in place” at the Library. Now Library patrons are not limited on where they can study or work with the new laptop computer.
Patrons may borrow the laptop at the Library’s circulation desk. The laptop has a Windows 7 operating system with Microsoft Office software. Google Docs is also available through the laptop, enabling creation and storage of documents in the cloud. The laptop carrying case contains a power cord to charge the laptop battery at any electrical outlet in the Library, a wireless transmitter, and a wireless mouse for patrons who prefer using a mouse to using the laptop touchpad. The Library has a supply of new earbuds (small headsets) and flash drives (removable storage) available for purchase by patrons who have not brought their own equipment. Patrons are encouraged to store documents in the cloud or to email any documents back to themselves at their home computers. Documents will not be retained on the laptop.
Patrons may check out the laptop at the circulation desk with loan periods in effect. Everyone is encouraged to consider the public nature of all of the Library’s computers and to take care with their personal information. Since this is a pilot program, the Library is interested in learning what additional software patrons might find useful. Additional information and assistance is available at the Library. One on one computer training is available in the Library with advance registration.