Technology Loan Program - Bridging the Digital Divide
Can anyone borrow a tablet or Chromebook?
Yes! As of January 10, 2022 any adult or teen patron with an account in good standing can place a hold, borrow and renew a device.
We thank our community partner agencies who have participated in the referral program from its inception and we gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and the United Way of Thunder Bay for assistance in funding.
What can I use the device for?
The tablets, Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hubs are available to help those who need to access digital resources. Some activities they might be used for include:
- job searching
- emailing or social media messaging with friends or family
- attending video appointments
- reading news or researching information
- accessing Library resources like eBooks or streaming free movies
- at-home school tasks
Where can I find information about borrowing online books or movies through the Library?
The Digital Library info page
What happens if I use up all the data?
The Wi-Fi hub has unlimited data
How many devices can I borrow at once?
Each user can only borrow one device (includes the device and a Wi-Fi hub) at a time
How long can I keep it?
The loan period is four weeks (28 days)
Can I keep it past that date? Can it be renewed?
Yes, as long as there are no holds you can renew the device up to two times
Where can I pick up the device?
Pick up is available at any Library branch
Where can I return the device?
Devices must be returned during Library open hours directly to Library staff at any location. Please do not return these breakable items through our night drop
Can I save information on this device?
The device will be electronically wiped between patrons so any information should be saved elsewhere prior to return
Can you add Google Meet, Drive, or Gmail apps to the device?
The apps cannot be added but you can access those services by logging in through a web browser
- Alpha Court
- Alzheimer’s Society of Thunder Bay
- Anishinabek Employment and Training Services
- Brain Injury Services Northern Ontario
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Catholic Family Development Centre
- Community Living Thunder Bay
- Crossroads Centre
- Dilico Anishinabek Family Services
- Elevate Northwest
- Elizabeth Fry Society NWO
- Hospice Northwest
- Injured Workers Support Group
- John Howard Society
- Kinna Aweya Legal Clinic
- Lakehead Social Planning Council
- Lutheran Community Care Centre (Mobile Integrated Team)
- Maamawi Counselling Centre
- March of Dimes
- Metis Nation of Thunder Bay
- Mindful Makers Collective
- New Directions Speakers School
- North Superior Workforce Planning Board
- Northwest Employment Works
- Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre
- NorWest Community Health Centres
- Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy
- OPTIONS Northwest
- Our Kids Count
- Path 525
- Roots to Harvest
- Sister Margaret Smith Centre
- Thunder Bay Counselling
- Thunder Bay Literacy Group
- YES Employment Services
- Youth Inclusion Program (YIP), City of Thunder Bay