Laptop Checkout Policy 


Phone: (580) 581-2956
E-mail: Library_Circulation@cameron.edu


Overview

The Cameron Library is pleased to offer a laptop computer checkout service to Cameron students, staff and faculty. Laptops are available for checkout at the Library Circulation Desk and may be used for the purposes of study, work, and research.

Limits & Availability

  • The laptop computers can only be checked out by currently enrolled Cameron students, staff, or faculty and used by the borrowers.
  • The laptops are for use only in the Cameron Library and cannot be removed from the building. If a laptop is taken out of the library, a Public Safety officer will be notified and the borrower will be denied future borrowing privileges.
  • Patrons who have overdue books or fines are ineligible to use this service.
  • Laptops will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They cannot be reserved ahead of time.
  • An eligible patron is allowed to borrow one laptop at a time.
  • Laptops will not be checked out when there is less than one hour of time before the Library closes.
  • Borrowers may not install software on the machines.
  • Borrowers may not alter, delete or copy any software loaded on the laptop or otherwise change its existing configuration.
  • Printing is not available from laptops. Patrons may use Library Computer Lab computers to print.
  • Audio or video files must be played with a headphone.

Checkout Procedure

  • A patron borrowing a laptop should read and agree to abide by the Cameron Library Laptop Checkout Policy and the Cameron PC Use Policy.
  • A patron borrowing a laptop is required to present a valid Cameron ID card. There are no exceptions to this policy unless approved by the Library Director, Assistant Director, or Access Services Librarian.
  • A borrower must sign the Laptop Checkout Agreement before he/she can take a laptop away from the Circulation Desk.
  • At the time of checkout, the laptop will be inspected by a circulation staff member (or a student worker) to make sure it is intact and functioning properly.
  • A borrower will be cautioned to save his/her files in his/her flash or jump drives, floppy disks, CD, or to send them via an email attachment. All files will be erased after the computer is returned.
  • The laptop will be checked out to the borrower’s Cameron Library account.

Loan Period & Renewals

  • The checkout period for each laptop is up to four hours. All checked-out laptops must be returned to the Circulation Desk thirty minutes before the library closes.
  • A checked-out laptop can be renewed for another two hours, given that no other eligible patrons are waiting to check out a laptop.
  • The borrower must return the laptop along with accessories to the circulation desk at the end of a four hour checkout period to renew the checkout.

Check-in Procedure

  • When returning, the borrower should allow at least five minutes for the Circulation staff member or a student worker to check the equipment.
  • Borrowers must return the laptop to a Circulation staff member or a student worker. A laptop should not be left unattended at the Circulation counter.
  • A staff member or a student worker will verify that all parts are present and that the computer and all accessories are in good working order.
  • The laptop will be booted up and checked for functionality upon return.
  • The laptop will then be checked in from the borrower’s library account.

Fines & Liability

  • A patron's privilege to check out a laptop may be removed for one semester if the patron fails to return loaned equipment by the due time on more than two occasions or leaves before the check-in procedure is complete.
  • For each hour up to twenty four that a laptop is overdue, the borrower’s circulation account will be blocked for one day.
  • After 24 hours an unreturned laptop will be considered stolen or lost. Public Safety will be notified and an investigation may be initiated.
  • The borrower is responsible for making sure that the laptop is in working order and without physical damage when it is checked out.
  • Under no circumstances should a borrower leave the laptop unattended. The library will not be responsible for a lost or stolen laptop even when it is used in the library.
  • It is the borrower’s full responsibility and fiscal liability for all costs associated with damage to the laptop computer or its associated peripheral equipment during the period it is checked out or its replacement costs should it be lost or stolen.

Troubleshooting Problems & Questions

  • If patrons experience problems with laptop hardware or applications or have questions, they should ask a Reference Librarian or Circulation Staff.
  • The borrower will be fiscally responsible for any damage to a laptop if he/she tries to troubleshoot problems.

Disclaimer

  • Cameron Library is not responsible for damage to any removable drive (i.e. floppy, CD or flash drive) or loss of data that may occur due to malfunctioning hardware or software.

Created: April 19, 2007     Updated: Sept. 2, 2010

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