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ACC Libraries Laptop Guidelines

ACC Library Services promotes information literacy efforts by using wireless laptops for library instruction sessions. LS also increases library access points by circulating wireless laptops to current students, faculty, and staff for in-library use only. When laptops are not being used for instruction by librarians, they can be borrowed from the library Checkout Desks.

Checkout rules:

LAPTOPS SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT UNATTENDED.
If the user needs to leave the library, the user should return it to the Checkout Desk or ask desk staff to keep it behind the desk until the user can pick it up again. The loan period will not be extended to accommodate this. Laptops may not be used to engage in illegal activities or to disrupt other users. Users agree to abide by IRT Acceptable Use Guidelines. ( https://library.austincc.edu/gen-info/AUP/acceptableUse.php )

Borrowers:

Only ACC students, faculty, and staff with a current ACC photo ID and a clear library account may check out laptops. Only the individual who checked out the laptop may use it. Under no circumstances will an individual be allowed to check out a laptop for someone else.

All borrowers must sign the Laptop Checkout Agreement before checkout. (See below.)

Laptop Checkout Agreement:

Users sign a laptop agreement that explains their responsibilities and repair or replacement costs. Both library staff and students verify on the agreement the condition of the equipment.

Loan periods:

Users may check out laptops for up to 3 hours. Laptops must be returned 30 minutes before the library closes to allow time to inspect the laptop at check-in. Users should allow fifteen minutes to complete check-in.

Replacement or damage charges:

Billing for non-returned or damaged laptops and accessories includes the full replacement cost ($1500 per laptop) or repair cost. If the exact laptop model or accessory is no longer available, replacement cost will be the actual price of a similar item in terms of quality, durability, and performance. Failure to abide by these guidelines or to return equipment on time and in good condition may result in loss of borrowing privileges, placement on student records hold, and other actions by the College.

Software Available:

Software applications include a web browser and Office productivity software to help users complete assignments. Users are prohibited from adding software to the laptop. The attempt to or act of adding, deleting, or altering computer hardware, software, or settings is a violation of the Laptop Checkout Agreement and the Acceptable Use Guidelines.

USERS MAY NOT INSTALL PROGRAMS OR CHANGE SYSTEM SETTINGS.

Support Available:

Reference Librarians offer assistance with library resources, such as the library catalog and library web pages, online periodical indexes and full-text databases, online reference databases, and Internet searches. Reference librarians may be able to help users with Blackboard or email questions as well.

Library Assistants can substitute a new laptop if a problem develops with the laptop.

Library staff are not responsible for teaching users how to use the laptop or an application. If the user does not know how to use a laptop or an application, we encourage the user to postpone the transaction.

Borrowers are responsible for:

Library Assistants are responsible for:

Printing / Saving Information:

The laptops work on a wireless network attached to network printers. Users may save data to a USB flash drive or to the cloud. Any data saved to the hard drive will be cleared upon check-in.