Ottawa Public Library First in Canada to Offer Google Chromebooks

aa_11_ott_chromebookopl_seanGoogle, after launching Chromebooks in Canada this March, is working on getting the libraries of the nation to carry the Chrome-powered laptops.

The Ottawa Public Library is the first to react and will be adding 30 new Google Chromebooks on June 10th at the following branches: Alta Vista, Carlingwood, Greely, Nepean Centrepointe, Rideau and St-Laurent.

Those with valid library cards and suitable identification will be able to check the Chromebooks out for two hours at a time.

The primary concern is to alleviate the wait times for computer access at the library but fast Internet connections, quick removal of personal data once users are finished, and the simplicity of use for those without a computer or Internet access at home are also important, noted library officials.

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at Rates.ca, a new personal finance portal.
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