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Chromebook Guide: Home

This guide contains information about borrowing and using SBCC Chromebooks.

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Internet Access

If you live in Santa Barbara, Cox is providing 1 month of free internet service to qualified customers.

If you live in Ventura, Comcast is providing 2 months of free internet service to qualified customers.

Chromebook Availability

Chromebooks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To check out a Chromebook, you will need a picture ID. Chromebooks are due back to the Luria Library on or before Friday, May 8, 2020.

The next distributions of Chromebooks will take place in the library lobby during the following times. 

  • Monday, March 30, 9am - 12 noon
  • Monday, March 30, 4pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday, March 31, 9am - 12noon

Additional days and times for checkout will be posted if Chromebooks remain available.

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. 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).