Need a laptop for a few days and don’t mind one that runs Chrome OS? Google’s going to be loaning Chromebooks to students on college campuses through a new Chromebook Lending Library program.
The Lending Libraries will pop up at 12 college campuses this fall, and students will be able to sign up to borrow a Chromebook for up to 4 days… because that’s how long the library will stick around at each school.
If you haven’t returned the Chromebook by the time the Lending Library packs up and leaves, you’ll be billed for it.
While Google is playing up the strengths of Chromebooks for college students (ease of use, long battery life, cloud storage which means you won’t lose your assignment if you lose your laptop, and collaborative Google Docs features), this is clearly more of a promotional stunt to let students try out Chromebooks than a way to actually let people check out Chromebooks any time they need a laptop.
The Chromebook Lending Library isn’t a permanent fixture and will only be around for a few days. Still… if you happen to find yourself needing a laptop during those days, it could come in handy.