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Montgomery Connects – Computer For You
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Appointments released weekly on Sundays at 2pm.


  • Progress | last updated: 2/3/23
  • Computers Distributed: 38,600
  • Computers Available: 4,700
  • Computers Ordered (Not Yet Received): 6,748

Montgomery Connects is the County’s digital equity and inclusion initiative. Our goal is to close the digital equity gap. We aspire to empower 100% of Montgomery County's residents and local businesses to be fully connected and engaged in our shared digital world. Leaping the digital divide requires access to a home computer; affordable high speed broadband and digital literacy training. Montgomery Connects leans into addressing all three of these needs. Montgomery Connects is operated by the Department of Technology & Enterprise Business Solutions (TEBS). 

To help achieve this goal, Montgomery Connects is providing 50,000 new loaner Chromebook laptop computers to lower-income Montgomery County residents who do not have a computer for educational purposes.

Who Is Eligible?

Who is Eligible for a free ChromeBook from MoCo Connects?

How to Sign Up for a Computer:

1. Make an appointment on Eventbrite to pick-up a computer.  Each person must have their own appointment.  (see links below) 2. Before you make an appointment, you must have a Montgomery County Library Card number.  3. Click on one of the upcoming dates for appointments listed below to sign up. New appointments are made available every Sunday at 2pm. 4. After you complete the online registration form, you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. Please check your email and bring the confirmation to your appointment.

How To Pick Up A Computer:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is my new Chromebook mine forever?   Montgomery County owns the computer for 3 years. The federal grant providing funding to purchase these computers requires this. County regulations will govern what happens to the loaned computer after 3 years.   

Can I sell my Chromebook?  No, you may not sell the Chromebook.  Montgomery County owns the Chromebooks for three years.  The County is loaning the Chromebook to you.  The loaned Chromebooks may not be resold during this time . If you attempt to sell the loaned computer while the County owns it, or attempt to receive more than one computer per person, the County may use your information to recover computers or take action against you. 

What if my Chomebook is damaged, lost, or stolen? You must report damaged, lost, or stolen computers to montgomeryconnects@montgomerycountymd.gov. The County will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to repair or replace damaged or lost and stolen devices. If the loaned computer is returned to the County, the computer will be wiped clean of all data and the County has no responsibility to protect or recover removed data.  

How Can I Activate my ChromeBook?  You must have or create a Google account (which is different from a Google or other email). Instructions are available here in English and here in Spanish

How Do I Create An Email Account?   Follow these instructions  in English or in Spanish to create an email account. 

How Do I Find or Create a Library Card Number?  If you have not used your library card in the past two years, it may have been deactivated.  You can create a new digital library card here if your card has been deactivated or you cannot find it or you need a first time digital library card.  Here are instructions in English or in Spanish to create a digital library card.


Does the Chromebook come with tech support or software?  No, Montgomery County does not provide any tech support or software for loaned computers. The computer does not come with anti-virus protection. It is a Google Chromebook and will automatically load computer updates for you.

I don’t know how to set up my Chromebook.  How can I get help?  The County offers in-person and online technology training courses for people 50 years and older through the Senior Planet Montgomery program in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.  You can learn to use a computer, email, the internet, and more.  At the top of the Senior Planet webpage, under “Resources” you can find technology training videos and information or you can call the Senior Planet help line at 888-713-3495.  Here are basic instructions on how to use a Chromebook, install Zoom, or set up email.


Why do you need my personal information?  How will it be used?

Make An Appointment To Pick Up A Computer

Available Appointments:

All appointments for February are available now.

Monday, 02/06/23 – 10:30am-2:30pm – East County Community Recreation Center – 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Tuesday, 02/07/23 – 11am-3pm – UpCounty Regional Services Center – 12900 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Wednesday, 02/08/23 – 3pm-7pm – Long Branch Community Center – 8700 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Friday, 02/10/23 – 11am-3pm – Wheaton American Job Center – 11510 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902 - PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED TIMES
Monday, 02/13/23 – 10:30am-2:30pm – East County Community Recreation Center – 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Tuesday, 02/14/23 – 10am-2pm – Plum Gar Community Center – 19561 Scenery Dr, Germantown, MD 20876
Thursday, 02/16/23 – 3pm-7pm – Executive Office Building (Cafeteria) – 101 Monroe St, Rockville, MD 20850
Friday, 02/17/23 – 10:30am-2:30pm – White Oak Recreation Center – 1700 April Ln, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Tuesday, 02/21/23 – 11am-3pm – UpCounty Regional Services Center – 12900 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Wednesday, 02/22/23 – 4pm-8pm – Germantown Recreation Center – 18905 Kingsview Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Thursday, 02/23/23 – 10:30am-2:30pm – East County Community Recreation Center – 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Friday, 02/24/23 – 10:30am-2:30pm - White Oak Recreation Center – 1700 April Ln, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Monday, 02/27/23 – 10:30am-2:30pm – East County Community Recreation Center – 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Tuesday, 02/28/23 – 10am-2pm – Plum Gar Community Center – 19561 Scenery Dr, Germantown, MD 20876  

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