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Chromebook Guide: Home

This guide contains information about borrowing and using SBCC Chromebooks.

Research Help

Live Chat (available during Luria Library open hours):

Email: library@sbcc.edu and a librarian will respond by email.

Internet Access

If you live in Santa Barbara, Cox may provide a limited amount of free internet service to qualified customers.

If you live in Ventura, Comcast a limited amount of free internet service to qualified customers.

Chromebook and Wifi Hotspot Borrowing and Returns

SBCC students, staff, and faculty can pick up (or return) Chromebooks, wifi hotspots, calculators, and requested print books when the library is open for face-to-face services, and during curbside hours.

When

Inside During Library Face-to-Face Open Hours

Hours for January 18 - February 17:

Monday & Thursday: 9am - 4pm

Outside During Curbside Hours When the Library Space is Closed

Hours for January 18 - 21:

Tuesday, January 18: 11am - 6pm

Wednesday, January 19: 10am - 4pm

Thursday, January 20: 9am - 4pm

Friday, January 21: 7am - 1pm

See the Hours and Maps page for additional virtual service hours when online help is available.

Where

During face-to-face open hours, you must come inside the library for pickup/return.

During curbside hours, please call 805-730-4044 when you have arrived at the front entrance of the Library during the above hours and a staff member will come out and meet you. 

How

Be sure to bring a photo ID and wear a mask. Wristbands are required to enter the building (get one at a campus check-in table after showing proof of vaccination, or exemption, and a negative COVID test result).

Social distancing measures and safety precautions will be taken with library pickup and returns. For curbside pickup/return, you are not required to check in and get a wristband, but you must wear a mask.

See How do I pick up or return library materials? for more information, or contact circulation@sbcc.edu.

Semester-Length Loans

The Luria Library has Chromebooks available for long-term check out:

  1. Chromebooks are due back on the last Friday of the semester at 4pm.
  2. Chromebooks must be returned without damage to staff at the Checkout Desk where they were borrowed.
  3. Chromebooks are free to borrow. Replacement cost for a lost or damaged Chromebook is $350. 
  4. Chromebooks that are not returned are considered lost.
  5. Chromebooks do not save student work. Please save all of your work to Google Drive.
  6. Personal information will be removed from the Chromebook upon logging out.

Using Chromebooks to Learn Online

What is a Chromebook, Anyway?

A Chromebook is a personal computer running the Google Chrome operating system (Chrome OS). The devices are designed to be used while connected to the Internet and support applications that reside on the Web, rather than traditional PC applications like Microsoft Office that reside on the machine itself. Using web applications rather than traditional PC applications is known as cloud computing (basically, online storage and software).