The College Library recently notified students via email about their newly updated policies on loaning out their electronic equipment.
Starting in early March, the Library has now begun to allow members of the College to borrow extension cords, Ethernet cables, headphones, flash drives, portable DVD burners, portable floppy drives, and headsets for a maximum period of six hours, rather than the original three hours.
Each of these items is allowed one renewal while it is checked out, allowing for a total possible loan of 12 hours.
A later email sent out after spring break revealed that the policies on borrowing laptops would also be changing. The original policy allowed members to use the Library laptops for a loan period of three hours. The new agreement will allow for students to borrow the laptops for up to two weeks at a time.
This new program will set aside five of their ten laptops for the three-hour loans, with the remaining five available for the two-week program. The Library staff requires no explanations as to why a student needs to borrow a laptop.
A $10.00 fee will be charged each hour that a laptop is returned late for whichever time period it is being loaned for. All other software and saving restrictions pertaining to the laptops for the three-hour loans also apply to those laptops being loaned out for the two-week period.
All laptops cannot connect to wireless internet and are not able to download any new software, such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), so students have been warned that they must take these restrictions into consideration before borrowing the laptops.
“We believe that this change,” said Patron Services Librarian Conrad Helms in the all-student e-mail sent out with the new policy, “will allow us to better meet your needs. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know.”