Wharton Public Library received a very generous FCC technology grant and has partnered with Google and T-Mobile to provide the residents of Wharton with a Wi-Fi hotspot and/or Chromebook for FREE. *As of 6/8/23, we are out of Chromebooks for long-term use. A limited number of Chromebooks designated as short-term rentals are still available.
What is a hotspot? A hotspot is a portable device you can use to connect your laptop, smartphone, or tablet to the internet. These will help you connect to the internet wherever your location may be.
What is a Chromebook? A Chromebook is a user-friendly laptop that uses the Chrome Operating System, rather than Windows or macOS. Otherwise, a Chromebook can do most basic things a regular laptop would do.
Guidelines for borrowing and use:
Must have a valid Wharton Public Library card.
Must be 18 years or older.
Long-term rental Chromebooks and hotspots will be loaned out for an initial 90-day period. Renewals are allowed.
Chromebooks are CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) compliant.
Short-term rental Chromebooks may be checked out for 14 days with up to two renewals. Short-term rentals are subject to a $1/per day late fee.
Disclaimer: Users agree to indemnify the library for any damage to materials and hold harmless the library, its employees, its Board members, its agents, and its representatives for any loss of data.