Laptop Donation Drive with HP

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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.


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Submitted by Eva Frutos on Mon, 01/03/2022 - 12:40 PM


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Are we able to receive a laptop for kid’s that are in school?

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I was wondering how would I be able to get a laptop for my self. I cannot buy because I have kids and my money goes to my house please let me know if you can help me out

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Hi Connie,
Laptop donations will be used by SJPL program participants. However, we provide Chromebook, iPad, or Dell Laptop checkouts at, for free, with your library card. Thank you!

Submitted by Carol Berg on Mon, 01/03/2022 - 2:16 PM


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Are you taking chromebooks for repurposing?
Also it’s not clear whether devices must be in working order or whether you will take those not currently working and fix?

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These notes assume that your laptop is functioning normally.

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.

Submitted by Tina on Mon, 01/03/2022 - 10:05 PM


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Will you wipe the drives for us or does that need to be done before donating?

Submitted by Barbara Weiss on Wed, 01/05/2022 - 4:56 PM


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I have 2 Windows laptops I would love to donate. However I do not know how to make sure that any old data is not hidden anywhere on the hard drive. Things like passwords, bank account numbers, etc. were once stored in those laptops...and I understand that nothing really is gone, gone from the drive when you just "delete".

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.

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Hi Barbara,
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 Thank you!

Submitted by Roberto Mata on Sat, 01/08/2022 - 8:47 AM


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Good morning,

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.

Thank you,

Submitted by Anne on Mon, 01/10/2022 - 3:20 PM


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I have a laptop for donation, but I was also wondering if you are accepting spare monitors for donation? Everything is in working condition. I also have a bluetooth keyboard, if that is acceptable?

Submitted by Anne on Mon, 01/10/2022 - 3:27 PM


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I have a laptop for donation, but I was also wondering if you are accepting spare monitors for donation? Everything is in working condition. I also have a bluetooth keyboard, if that is acceptable?

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Hi Anne,

While all device donations are accepted, our volunteers are only able to refurbish working laptops into Chromebooks. Thank you!

Submitted by Kevin M on Mon, 01/24/2022 - 11:16 PM


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I have an HP laptop, an HP desktop mini-tower, and a 23" LG monitor to donate. I understand that laptops are preferred, but the desktop computer is quite usable. I have wiped these and put a fresh install of Windows 10 on both computers. Is it acceptable to donate all of them, and what is the preferred location to drop these off?

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