Laptop checkout

Who can borrow?

The ISU Library laptops are for the use of currently registered ISU students and staff.  No one without a valid ISU ID card can check out the library laptops.

Borrowing the laptops

The library has 10 Macs and 10 Windows laptops that can be checked out.

Check out the library laptops at the library main desk in the library lobby.  You need your ISU ID card to check out a laptop.  If you have any previous library fines outstanding, you will not be able to check a laptop out.  In addition to the regular checkout process, you will also need to sign a laptop agreement form, acknowledging your responsibilities regarding damage and theft, as well as the terms and conditions for checkout. (See below Use of laptops)

The borrowing period for a laptop is one day (the day you check the laptop out).  Laptops cannot be taken out of the building, nor can they stay in your possession overnight.  You may only check out one laptop at a time.  They are circulated on a first-come, first-served basis; you cannot reserve a laptop ahead of time.

Laptops are equipped with the same software as the workstations in the library, standard office applications (word processing, spreadsheet, etc.).  They do have wireless connections so that you have access to important internet tools, such as Blackboard.  With the laptop you will receive a power cord, and a case.

The desk attendant who checks out the laptop to you can help you with turning the laptop on.  If you have any other questions, you can ask the assistance of the Tech Help students in the Learning Connections Center.

Laptops can be checked out up to one hour before the main desk in the library closes.  After that time, you are welcome to use any of the workstations within the library.

Use of laptops

It is expected that laptops will only be used for academic purposes.  Keep in mind that documents cannot be saved to the laptops--they should be saved on a flash drive or emailed to yourself.  After the laptops are rebooted, any documents that have been saved to them will be permanently erased.  Users may not alter, delete, or copy any software loaded on the laptop or change its existing configurations.  The borrower is responsible for any software downloads that damage the existing configurations or introduce viruses to the system.

Laptops are for use in the library only.  Borrowers have on-campus access to the university network, but only if they are in the library.

Please report any computer malfunctions to desk attendants when the laptop is returned.

Returning the laptops

Laptops must be returned to the main service desk at least 1/2 hour before the main desk in the library closes.  Borrowers must wait until a desk attendant checks the laptop before they can leave the desk.  At that time the laptop will be rebooted and checked for functionality.  Laptops must not be dropped in the library book-drop, nor be left at the main desk without handing it to a library desk attendant.  This will insure that the computer will be checked in and you will not incur any penalties for not returning it. 

Late returns

Late fees of $50 per day will be assessed for equipment returned past the due date with a maximum of $500.00.  There is NO grace period for equipment that is returned late.