Laptop Donation Drive with HP kicks off Jan. 3
In partnership with HP Inc., the San José Public Library and the San José Public Library Foundation are hosting a Laptop Donation Drive to refresh and repurpose used Windows laptops. Donated laptops will provide local students and adults participating in Library programs with access to the technology they need to thrive!
If you upgraded your device this holiday season, please consider donating your used device between January 3 and February 12, 2022. Donations can be dropped off inside any San Jose Public Library location, Monday–Saturday during branch hours.
NOTE: Windows-equipped laptops or tablets are preferred, but we will accept all donations. Don't forget to include any power cords and other device accessories! We cannot repurpose Apple devices.
Devices will be provided to SJPL Program Participants. Thanks!
Laptop donations will be used by SJPL program participants. However, we provide Chromebook, iPad, or Dell Laptop checkouts at www.sjpl.org/SJAccess, for free, with your library card. Thank you!
Yes, we will accept HP Chromebooks. Thank you!
Also it’s not clear whether devices must be in working order or whether you will take those not currently working and fix?
Yes, Chromebooks can be donated. All devices should be in working order when they are donated to SJPL. We cannot fix devices that don’t work. Thanks!
Donors are encouraged to clear the device of any important/personal information prior to donating. Our volunteers will do an additional wipe during the refresh process. Thanks!
We will clean up the personal data, etc. What about the operating System and some Windows applications? Should we retain it so it can be used by others who get this donated laptop?
0. Back up everything you need from the laptop (to somewhere outside the laptop's own hard disk(s), obviously.)
1. Click 'Start', select 'Settings'.
2. Click 'Update & Security'.
3. Click 'Recovery', then click 'Get Started' to enter the laptop factory reset process.
4. Click 'Remove Everything' since you do not want to leave your personal files on the laptop.
5. Click 'Next' to remove applications that you had installed on the laptop.
6. Click 'Reset' to begin the factory reset process.
After the factory reset process completes, I recommend donating the laptop as-is. Schools will help students get the right software and applications required for their classwork / homework.
Yes, we will accept Chromebooks. Thank you!
Donors are encouraged to clear the device of any important/personal information prior to donating. Our volunteers will do an additional wipe during the refresh process. Thank you!
Is there somewhere I can learn how to make sure that the drives are purged of ALL data?
Is there someone at the library who can help me do this?
Would love to give these 2 dell computers a new lease on life, rather than trash them.
Donors are encouraged to clear the device of any important/personal information prior to donating. Our volunteers will do an additional wipe during the refresh process. If you need help with your tech device, we offer free, virtual tech help! You can sign up to get your questions answered at https://sjpl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/fq=types:(5d65e9ae2f3a81f8aeaabba3). Thank you!
I know the repurposing drive is for laptops, but will you accept an HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 for repurposing?
Printer works great, just needs a little work.
> Scanning: Scans great, just noisy (needs lubricant?).
> Printing: Colors are off. I replaced cartridges (non-HP), that might be the issue.
> Paper feeder: Sometimes grabs more than one paper at a time.
If not, I will unfortunately take a functioning printer to ewaste.
Unfortunately, our volunteers are only able to refurbish laptops.
While all device donations are accepted, our volunteers are only able to refurbish working laptops into Chromebooks. Thank you!
Are libraries still distributing laptops? If so, what is needed to qualify to receive one?