Laptop & Equipment Checkout

5/28/19 update: Laptop checkouts will resume Thursday, May 30.  Equipment is currently undergoing software maintenance.  

Reserve a laptop, iPad, and other equipment @

The ISU Library equipment is for use by currently registered ISU students.  No one without a valid ISU Net ID can check out the library equipment.

Laptops (both Apple and Dell) and iPads can be checked out for one week.  A separate pool of laptops for one day use are available on a first come, first served basis.  Laptops are equipped with the same software as the public computers in the library.

Headphones, chargers, AV connectors and cables, display adapters, business and graphing calculators, and electronic hardware kits like Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey are available, as well. 

Questions? contact Tech Lending, 117 Parks Library, phone 515 294-1564, email 

Tech Lending Room Hours

Borrowing the equipment

Library equipment may be checked out from the Tech Lending room (117 Parks Library, phone 515 294-1564, email, located just west of the Circulation Desk in the library lobby. In addition to the regular checkout process, you will also need to sign an equipment check-out agreement form, acknowledging your responsibilities regarding damage, theft and late return, as well as the terms and conditions for checkout. 

The desk attendant can help with basic equipment instruction. If you have any other questions, you may ask the IT services staff at the Solution Center, located in the lobby of Parks Library, east of the Bookends Cafe and Fireplace Reading Room.

Use of equipment

It is expected that laptops and iPads will only be used for academic purposes.  Keep in mind, after the laptops and iPads are rebooted, any documents that have been saved to them will be permanently erased.  The University Library is not responsible for any lost data or documents. The borrower is solely responsible for saving files to cloud storage (CyBox), a USB flash drive or other memory device.  Borrowers may sync additional data and applications, with the understanding that all data added by the borrower will be erased when the laptop is shutdown or when the iPad is wiped and reset upon return. Any additional applications, media, or software purchased by the borrower during the loan period must be done with the borrower's own money and is not the responsibility of the University Library.

Borrower responsibilities

Equipment must be returned to Tech Lending in 117 Parks Library by 5 p.m. on the due date.  Library equipment 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 ensure the equipment will be checked in properly and the borrower will not incur any penalties for not returning it.

Allow at least five minutes for library staff to check the equipment at both pick up and return as they will need to confirm receipt of all items included with the equipment and that the pieces are in working condition. Equipment returned without the accessories will not be checked in until all parts have been returned.

The following violations may result in a calendar-year suspension of the borrower’s equipment loan privileges:
•    Library equipment was returned through the library book drop.
•    Equipment was left unattended or abandoned in or outside of the library.
•    Problems with, damage to, or the loss/theft of equipment was not reported immediately to library staff.
•    Library equipment was not returned before five days past due.

Late returns, fees and fines

Borrowers should take care to note the date and time equipment is due and ensure the secure and prompt return of all items. Overdue fines are charged to encourage the prompt return of items and ensure fair access of the equipment to other borrowers.  A call to library staff will not prevent fines from accruing.  All equipment loans are due back by 5 p.m. on the due date. Unless otherwise noted, fines accrue hourly at a rate of $10 per hour starting at 5 p.m., until the library closes or by midnight. Thereafter, the fine is $50 per day with no proration. 

Damage to, loss or theft of loaned equipment during the borrowing period is the sole responsibility of the borrower.  Users should not borrow equipment for use by any other student or individual. Borrowers will be assessed fees for damage on an individual basis based on multiple factors that include the extent of the damage and whether or not the equipment is under warranty.  Damage costs assessed to a user must be paid before new equipment can be borrowed again from the University Library. Users found to have damaged equipment will be blocked from borrowing more equipment until the damage fees have been assessed and paid in full.  If equipment is lost, stolen or damaged upon repair, your U-Bill will be charged for the full replacement cost of any equipment involved.

Equipment five (5) business days past due will be reported as stolen to the ISU Police Department and/or the ISU Office of Student Conduct. The full replacement cost of the items, a $25 processing fee and the accumulated overdue fines will be applied to the borrower's U-Bill. The borrower will lose equipment loan privileges for one calendar year.