Can I do a video chat or video conference at the library?
Note: As a COVID-19 precaution, our iPad kiosks and Chromebooks are currently unavailable. Please see this page for more information on our coronavirus response.
The Almonte, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, and Southern Oaks Libraries each have an "iPad vending machine" called a MediaSurfer that allows you to check out an iPad, using your library card, for 2 hours of in-library use. These iPads should come preloaded with FaceTime so if you have an Apple ID, you can use it to sign in to FaceTime and chat. You can also use your Apple ID to install apps from the App Store (e.g. Skype, Google Duo, etc.) in case you need to use a different app to video chat. When these iPads are checked back in, the MediaSurfer reformats the iPad to uninstall any apps that were installed, log the previous customer out of all apps, and prepare the iPad for use by a new customer.
Additionally, the Almonte Library has laptops (Google Chromebooks) that can be checked out, using your library card, for 2 hours of in-library use. These Chromebooks have webcams so you should be able to use them to video chat within Gmail.
All of these devices must be checked out in person and cannot have online holds placed on them.