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Circulation of Laptop Computers

The following policy applies to laptop computers owned and circulated by Dacus Library, Winthrop University.

Borrowing Policies:

  • Laptops circulate to current Winthrop University students, faculty and staff ONLY.
  • The borrower must present a current Winthrop photo I.D. card.
    • If the I.D. card is not a photo I.D., the borrower must present an additional form of identification with a photo.
  • Each borrower must accept the Laptop Liability Statement when logging on to the computer. This statement will detail the liability of the borrower.

Circulating Procedures:

Checking Out:

  • Laptops are checked out from the Information Commons.
  • Laptops must be returned to the Information Commons Desk by the time due or closing, whichever is earlier.
  • Laptops are to be used in the library only and may not be taken outside of the building.
  • Laptops are circulated for a period of 3 hours. 
  • Laptops are available on a first come, first served basis.  They cannot be reserved in advance.
  • Once a laptop is checked out to a patron, it becomes the responsibility of that patron.

Checking In:

  • The circulation staff will reboot the laptop to verify the computer is operating.  
  • The circulation staff will do a visual check of the laptop ensuring that the following components are intact:
    • CD drive.
    • Battery

Fines and Liabilities

  • Overdue fines are $5.00 per hour, with a 15 minute grace period. Patrons who return laptops more than 15 minutes after the time due will be charged the full $5.00 hourly fee.
  • The borrower is responsible for all costs associated with any damage to the laptop during the check-out period.
  • The borrower is responsible for replacement costs (not less than $500.00) if the laptop is lost or stolen during the check-out period.  In this case, the borrower would also be responsible for any accrued overdue charges and a $10.00 processing charge.
  • All laptop borrowers will be required to accept a Liability Statement when logging on to the laptop.

Laptop Descriptions

  • Dacus Library has 20 wireless Pentium M laptops available for in-house checkout.
  • The laptops run on the Windows XP operating system.
  • All laptops are loaded with the following software:
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Microsoft Word
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Microsoft Access
    • Microsoft Publisher
    • Microsoft Project
    • Microsoft ExpressionWeb
  • Deep Freeze is loaded on each laptop.
  • If desired, work can be saved to the Z drive or CD drive.
  • The following information is attached to each laptop:
    • Laptops may be used in the library only.
    • Laptops circulate for a 3 hour period.
    • The fine for an overdue laptop is $5.00 per hour (or fraction thereof greater than 15 minutes.)

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