News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 06/25/2012
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Palo Alto City Library Makes Chromebooks with Google Cloud Print Available
Contact : Monique le Conge, Library Director    (650) 329-2403

Palo Alto, CAThe Palo Alto City Library is proud to announce the addition of 66 Google Chromebooks and Google Cloud Print to their services. The library began offering Chromebooks in November 2011 as an alternative to the longstanding, popular laptop lending program for two-hour in-library use. Now, Google Cloud Print is offered as an option for patrons wishing to print from the Chromebook. After hundreds of checkouts and an overwhelmingly positive reaction by customers, the library completed the pilot by purchasing 36 Chromebooks to add permanently to the circulating collection. The Brin Wojcicki Foundation, located in Palo Alto, donated an additional 30, bringing the total collection to 66. Users can now enjoy Chromebooks for a 7 day checkout period.

Business Analyst Martha Walters explains, "The Chromebook project has been really popular with our customers, and now we’re making the project even stronger by adding the ability to print through the cloud. This also opens up printing through the web for users of other kinds of devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers."

Library Director Monique le Conge adds, "Cloud-based technologies are a good area for public libraries to explore. By keeping public access as open as possible while allowing individual users to customize the system to their needs, this supports the idea of broad access to library services. We are excited to see how this pilot works out and complements the services we’ve already added."

The Palo Alto City Library worked closely with Google to offer Google Cloud Print, a simple way to print over the web anywhere, anytime, from any device. With a free Google account, anyone can print from a Chromebook, a computer with supported apps, or a mobile device with supported apps. Print jobs are sent securely over the web to the cloud printer at Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park Library where the sender can pick it up. It’s simple to print to the "Mitchell Park Library Printer" using Google Cloud Print, and each Google account can print up to 15 pages per day. Print jobs must be picked up by the end of the business day at the Mitchell Park Library, 4050 Middlefield Road. There is no charge for library patrons to use Google Cloud Print.

For more information about this pilot project, visit or call 650-329-2436.