Laptop Vending Machine

Checkout a laptop computer at our Laptop Vending Machine with your Evanston Public Library card. (Here’s how to get a library card if you don’t have one).

Where is the Laptop Vending Machine located?

The Laptop Vending Machine is located in the Robert Crown Community Center (1801 Main Street), on the East wall outside of the Robert Crown Branch Library. You can checkout a laptop for home use anytime the Robert Crown Community Center is open. Free parking is available.

What computers can I check out?

  • Chromebooks with Chrome OS
  • Dell laptops with Windows

Contact the Robert Crown Branch Library for availability at (847) 448-8101

What is the checkout period?

The checkout period is 2 weeks (14 days), and the laptop will be remotely shut off the day after the due date.

Please Note: Machines are wiped electronically after each return, so nothing can be saved or recovered. We encourage people to save to the cloud (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc). Questions about this? Call (847) 448-8101.

Where do I return the laptop?

Simply return your laptop back to the vending machine, using your library card. Please note: There is no fee for late returns. However, if the laptop is lost or damaged, there is a fee of $150 for the laptop and $10 for the charger.

Need Wi-Fi?

You can also reserve a Wi-Fi Hotspot with your Evanston Public Library card. We will be notify you when it is available for pickup at your preferred Evanston Public Library location. You can also find free Wi-Fi locations in Evanston using this map.

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