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By Tammye McDuff
Laptop Anytime is an innovative special dispensing checkout kiosk for laptop and tablets which was officially opened at the Downey Library in May.
The Company was co-founded by Matthew Buscher and Jonathan Ruttenberg with the vision of giving back to the community via convenient on-demand access to full-function laptop computers.
Working with a local broadband company, the kiosk can dispense devices per ATM-style technology, in this case if a Downey Library card. With the addition of the new 18 laptops, the Library now offers up to 36 computers for public use.
According to Claudia Dailey, Literacy Coordinator,”we needed to have more computer access, so we applied for an LSTA Grant through the Pitch an Idea Program.”
LSTA Grants are provided by the California State Library to assist libraries and library-related agencies to develop programs and projects that enhance library services. With the help from Friends of the Library and the City of Downey, the Pitch was accepted and monies granted for new laptops.
Dailey stated, “whenever I taught a class, we would have to close the lab, where our computers were located, and if a resident needed computer access, they would have to wait. Now they don’t have too. They can use Laptops Anytime!” Dailey added, “we knew it would be popular, but never thought it would happen so quickly and in just one day.”
Our service is designed to give you access to the right technology at the right time. Think of our Self-Checkout Laptop/Tablet/Combo Dispensing Stations as your “mobile device away from your home computer.”
The new kiosk is located by the Adult section, and you must be 18 to rent a laptop. Library card holders under the age of 18 may also check them out with the supervision of an adult.