Laptops

Laptop Computer Checkout (Ellis Library)

Dell (Windows) and MacIntosh (Apple) laptop computers are available for 2-hour checkout at the Ellis Library Reserve Desk.

Wireless laptops are also available for use in the Engineering Library & Technology Commons, the Geology Library and the Journalism Library.

Software installation for Dell check-out laptops:

  • Programs:  EndNote X5, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), SecureCRT, SecureFX, Windows Essentials
  • Internet browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox
  • Accessories:  CDBurnerXP, DVD Maker, Microsoft Windows defaults (Calculator, Notepad, Paint, etc.)
  • Readers / Viewers:  Adobe Reader
  • Players:  iTunes, Media Player Classic, QuickTime, VideoLAN/VLC, Windows Media Player
  • Plugins:  Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Adobe Shockwave, AlternaTIFF, Java, LibX, Silverlight, Zotero

Software installation for Macintosh check-out laptops:

  • Programs:  EndNote X5, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Internet browsers: Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox
  • Accessories:  Mac OS X defaults (DVD Player, Grapher, etc.), StuffIt Expander
  • Readers / Viewers:  Adobe Reader
  • Players:  iTunes, QuickTime, VideoLAN/VLC
  • Plugins:  Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Adobe Shockwave, AlternaTIFF, Flip4Mac, Java, LibX, Silverlight, Zotero

Laptop FAQ


Laptop Computer Checkout Guidelines and Policies (Ellis Library)

  1. Laptop computers are available for 2-hour checkout until one hour before the library closes.
  2. Use the laptop within Ellis Library.
  3. Do not leave a laptop unattended.
  4. DO NOT eat, drink, or use anything MAGNETIC while using the laptop.
  5. Return the laptop in the same condition as when you checked it out. You are liable for damages.
  6. Return the laptop to an attendant at the Reserve Desk. Overdue charges are $2.00 an hour.
  7. Ask for help at the Reference Desk if you experience problems with the software on the laptop.
  8. Ask for help at the Reserve Desk if you experience problems with the battery or with the laptop itself.
  9. SAVE your information frequently in case the battery runs low. Monitor your battery life.
  10. Delete any personal material before returning the laptop.


Ellis Library Laptop FAQ

Q: What is the loan period?  Can the laptop be renewed when the time is up?
A: The loan period is two hours.  The laptop can be checked out again after one hour’s time has elapsed from the time of the first check in.

Q: Can the laptop leave the building?
A: No.

Q: Can I print?  Where do I get my printouts?
A: You may print to any of the black and white or color printers on the 1st floor of Ellis Library.  Your IT printing account will automatically deduct your copies.

Q: Can I print in color?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I print 2 sided pages?
A: Yes.

Q: What happens if a person drops one and breaks it?
A: Depending on the extent of the damage,  you will be charged for either the replacement cost of the laptop or the actual cost of repair.

Q: What happens if a person does not return a laptop on time?
A: The person is charged $2.00 an hour for every hour it is overdue.

Q: What happens if a person checks out a laptop and loses it?
A: The person would be asked to pay the replacement cost of $2500.00.