Technology

Huntsville Public Library offers our users much more than books. Explore all of the different technologies available to you.

Chromebooks

What is a Chromebook?

Chromebooks are computers that run Chrome OS, an operating system that is web-based, uses cloud storage, and uses Google Apps.

Who can use a Chromebook?

Any Huntsville Public Library member with an account in good standing can borrow a Chromebook.

How long can I use it?

You can only use a Chromebook in the library. You can borrow one for two hours. You must return it to a staff member at the Central Service Desk. You are responsible for the Chromebook, power cords and any accessories checked out on your card; a lost or stolen Chromebook will be billed to your account.

How do I turn it on?

You will find the power button on the upper-right corner of the keyboard. A "welcome" screen will appear when the Chromebook first boots up.

Getting started

Once the Chromebook is on, press "Let's Go" and then select the Huntsville Library Wi-Fi network. Continue through the prompts, including agreeing to the Huntsville Library Wi-Fi Terms of Service, until you get to the Chromebook Sign-in.

Logging into the Chromebook

If you have a Google (Gmail or Android) account, you can use it to sign in. If you do not have a Google account, you can create one for free or you can choose “Browse as Guest”. Browsing as a Guest will limit what you can do with the Chromebook.

Chromebook basics

In the bottom left corner you will find the icons for the App Launcher and for Google Chrome. Use can use the App Launcher to start any apps you may have added to your Google Account, or to view your files. Use Google Chrome to get on the Internet. Once you're in Google Chrome, you can use the search box to either put in a web address or a search term for Google.

How do I save a file?

Chromebooks save files within their internal storage. You can access the storage by going to the App Launcher and selecting Files. Library staff will erase all files on the Chromebook upon return. You can save a file to your own external drive - such as a USB thumb drive, or you can save files to a cloud storage platform. Here are some options:

All cloud storage platforms require an account.

How do I download apps?

Log in to your Google Account to download apps from the Chrome Web Store. Click on the App Launcher and select the Web Store. Once you are in the Web Store, you can add apps to your Google Account. The next time you log into the Chromebook all your apps will be there.

How do I create a document?

There are a few ways to create documents on a Chromebook. If you have logged in with a Google Account, you will have access to Google Docs. Google Docs will save files directly to Google Drive. You can also use Microsoft Word Online. Download it from the Chrome Web Store and install the Microsoft Office Online Chrome Extension. Microsoft Office Online requires a Microsoft account (Hotmail, Outlook or Live).

How do I print?

You cannot print directly from the Chromebook. Save your document to an external drive or to a cloud platform and then print from one of our public computers.

How do I sign off?

Click on your profile picture on the bottom right hand corner and select sign out. When you return the Chromebook, library staff will erase all data on it.

Extra support

Light Therapy Lamp

We have two light therapy lamps at the library, one of which you can take home. Check the availability of the light therapy lamp.

What is a light therapy lamp?

Light therapy lamps, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) lamps, imitates outdoor natural light. Late fall and winter months tend to lack sunshine, which can affect people negatively. These lights are intended to improve mood and overall sense of well-being.

What is seasonal affective disorder?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that can affect people as the days grow shorter in the fall and winter.

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased energy
  • Fatigue
  • Tendency to oversleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of anxiety and despair

Where can I use it?

Our in-house light therapy lamp is on a study table between the fiction and non-fiction stacks. It is available on a first-come, first served basis. We also have a light therapy lamp that you can take home.

How to use a light therapy lamp?

Sit in front of the lamp for 20 to 30 minutes and about two feet away. Face the lamp and allow the light to shine on your face but not directly in your eyes. Do not stare directly into the light. Adjust the angle of the lamp to suit your position.

Is the light therapy lamp safe to use?

Light therapy lamps are safe, but do have potential side effects. Side effects can include nausea, headaches and/or eye strain, but are rare. There are no known long-term side effects of light therapy. If you experience discomfort, stop using the lamp and contact your doctor.

People with certain medical conditions (retinal disease, macular degeneration or diabetes), and those taking certain medications (melatonin, thioridazine, or lithium) should consult a doctor before using light therapy lamps.

Use of the lamp is at your own discretion. Huntsville Public Library is not liable for any health issues related to the use of the lamp.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

Take the Internet home! You can use your library card to borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot. The hotspots are great for students, job seekers or anyone who needs access to the Internet outside the library.

Hotspots are available to all users with an adult library card (18+) and in good standing.

How long can I use it?

You can borrow a hotspot for seven days, and you cannot renew them. You can place a hotspot on hold.

Who can use it?

Huntsville Public Library members who are 18 years or older, with no outstanding fines.

How do I return it?

You must return the hotspot in person at the Central Service Desk. Do not return the hotspot in the after-hours drop-box.

What are the late fees?

The late fee is $1/day. Internet service will be shut off one day after the due date.

Loss or Damages

Do not attempt to modify the hotspot in any way. You are responsible for any loss or damages that happen during the lending period. The fee for repairs or replacement can be up to $200.

Service coverage

Access to the Internet is available in Ontario wherever there is Rogers cell phone coverage. Neither international nor out of province service is available.

Content and usage

By using the hotspot you agree to abide by our Technology @ HPL Policy.

Privacy

Huntsville Public Library does not monitor or store any data related to your Internet activity.

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