Laptops or tablets are provided for use by the public, for example in libraries, to increase the number of people who can access digital services and participation in the digital consumer market.
Many public libraries provide access to computers within their buildings. In the United States, 98% of libraries offer free public access to computers and the internet.
United States: The Library of Things at Sacramento Public Library in California offer access to 3D printing and scanning services and expensive peripherals like projectors and graphics tablets, stretching the definition of digital access beyond essentials to tools for content production, rather than just consumption.
Loaned devices are at risk of theft or damage.
Poorer areas may be less capable of providing a loaning service.
Access may be limited if there is a heavy demand for a small number of devices.
Loaned devices may only allow for content consumption and not content production.