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The primary purpose of the Library’s loanable technology program is to provide short term access to technology items for class projects and needs. Because of this, a limited number of items are available for checkout.
Loanable Technology that can be used out of the library can be reserved in advance. The Library reserves the right to limit the number of times a patron can request an item (or similar item) during the semester in order to accommodate class projects.
Typically the Library requires 72 hours after the return of an item before the borrower can check out the same or a similar item. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of Library administration.
Most loanable technology items can be renewed once if there are no other reservations for that item. The Library reserves the right to deny renewal of items in order to best accommodate needs of others who may need the item.
The Library is only able to provide a limited number of loanable technology items and the intent is to provide short term access to these items for class projects and needs.
These are items such as laptop and phone chargers, laptops, calculators, USB drives, adapters, headphones, etc., which can be used in the library.
These are items such as cameras, tripods, SD cards, calculators, voice recorders, iPads, handheld gaming devices, projectors, microphones, etc., which can be checked out for use outside of the library.
There are 19 HP Chromebooks available for 2-hour loan at the Undergraduate Library. Use your Gmail/Google ID for login and have access to your personal information, including gmail, docs, drive, and sheets, just to name a few. When you return the Chromebook, we’ll wipe all your data so no one else has access to your personal information.
If you are interested in the setup, polices and procedures of a Library Loanable Technology program, members of the faculty and staff of the University of Illinois Undergraduate Libary and Media Commons have published a book on the subject. The book titled, "Going Beyond Loaning Books to Loaning Technologies: A Practical Guide for Librarians" is part of the Practical Guides for Librarians series and is available for purchase on Amazon.com here. The book was co-authored by Janelle Sander, Lori S. Mestre, and Eric Kurt, and discusses how to establish a Loanable Technology program including the needed policies and procedures as well as the types of technology that may be effective for your program.