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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 and Wifi Hotspot Borrowing and Returns

How do I borrow or return a Chromebook or wifi hotspot?


  • Mondays - Wednesdays 10am - 7pm
  • Thursdays 10am - 2pm
  • Sunday 1pm - 4pm


Please come to the front of the library. During some of the above hours, the library doors will be locked but staff will be working inside. Please call 805-730-4044 when you arrive at the library. A staff member will come out to assist you. 


Be sure to bring a photo ID.

Social distancing measures and safety precautions will be taken with equipment pickup and returns. Please wear a mask.


See How does curbside pickup work? for more information, or contact

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).