UPDATE: July 13, 2020:

Although the Library’s Main Branch will open as of August 4, 2020, Device Loans will not be available. Please check back periodically for updates.


Did you know you can borrow a Chromebook or a Kobo eReader?

You can use your New Westminster Public Library card to borrow a Chromebook laptop and access our e-resources and digital collections. Not interested in using a laptop, but keen to try an e-reader? Borrow one of our Kobo Aura Ones and use them to read preloaded titles or borrow other library e-books.


Borrowing Information

    Chromebooks are a tablet-laptop hybrid that run on Google’s web-based Chrome Operating System.
    Borrowing conditions:
    • Borrowers must be 13 years or older and have the adult library card
    • Adult library card holders may check out one Chromebook per card
    • You may borrow either a 7-day or 3-hour Chromebook.
    • 7-day Chromebooks can be renewed once for another 7 days, assuming there are no holds
    • 3-hour express loan Chromebooks cannot be renewed
    • Chromebooks must be returned to a STAFF MEMBER (do not use the book drops)

Why borrow a Chromebook?

  • To browse the Internet
  • For tasks such as: taking online courses, filling out online forms, or writing emails.
  • To access all of our online resources that are available 24/7 with your library card.
  • To learn a new language with Rocket Languages, check out new magazines and newspapers from around the world with PressReader and RBdigital, or watch films on Indieflix.

Connecting the Chromebook to the Internet

  • Chromebooks are Wi-Fi enabled and will automatically connect to our public Wi-Fi network when used in the library or anywhere in New Westminster where CityPublicWifi is in range:
  • Users can also connect to a different wireless network and detailed instructions about this are available on the handout that accompanies each Chromebook.


The library has a small collection of preloaded eReaders that may be borrowed for 21 days. Check our library catalogue for availability details.

We’ve refreshed our Kobo collection and we’re now offering Kobo Aura ONE eReaders preloaded with new titles!

Our Kobo Aura ONE eReaders have a selection of preloaded e-books from several genres. You can also download additional titles from our Library2go and Freading collections.

Borrowing Information:

  • Valid NWPL card (some restrictions apply)
  • 1 Kobo Aura ONE per library card at one time
  • For availability, please search our library catalogue using the keywords “Kobo” or “eReader”
  • Loan period is 3 weeks, with renewals
  • Return the Kobo to staff during open hours (don’t use the book drop).

Kobo eReader Frequently Asked Questions:

Enter the keywords ‘Kobo’ or ‘eReader’ in the search box and click ‘Search’. Place a request as you would for any other library materials. You will be notified when the Kobo is available.

We provide user instructions in the kit when you borrow the eReader and you can contact us for additional support.

Yes, each of our Kobo ereaders is preloaded with 40 titles (fiction, mystery, non-fiction, fantasy or youth titles). However, users can download more titles if they wish.

Users can download additional titles from the Library2go (OverDrive) and the Freading collections. In order to transfer downloaded eBooks to your Kobo, you will need:

For OverDrive:

  • an Overdrive account (library card and email address are required to register)
  • Kobo Aura One has OverDrive built in, which means that users can access the collection directly from the ereader and download titles automatically, without the need of any additional software or equipment
  • please note that a small amount of unique OverDrive titles won’t show automatically on the Kobo’s built-in OverDrive feature and would have to be transferred manually using a computer and ADE

For Freading:

  • Free software, Adobe Digital Editions authorized on your home computer (PC or MAC)
  • See details on Using ADE
  • The Kobo will then need to be authorized to use with this software. Open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer and follow the prompts provided to authorize it.

We will reset the Kobo when it is returned to the library.

Kobo Aura One Help:
Kobo Help

Complete User Guide:
Kobo User Guide

How to use OverDrive on your Kobo Aura ONE:
OverDrive Help

Adding books to your ereader using ADE:
Using Adobe Editions


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