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Laptop computers

Frequently asked questions about borrowing laptops at the Thomas Jefferson Library

Library Laptops

  • What is the Library's policy about loaning laptops?
    The University of Missouri-St. Louis Libraries provide a limited number of laptop computers for use by students in the Libraries. The laptops are configured by ITS with Microsoft Office & Windows as well as several accessory programs. The privilege of access is governed by UMSL's Acceptable Use Policy. You may view this policy at:
  • Who is eligible to use this service?
    Laptops may be checked-out by current UMSL students who have a valid University ID card and must be current in the Libraries' circulation system; laptops will not be loaned if there is a delinquent charge on the student's circulation record. Students may check out laptops for use in the Libraries for a two hour period, and may renew laptop loans for one additional two-hour period. Laptops MUST be returned to the Circulation Desks in order to be renewed. More information can be found on the Library Laptops policies page.
  • What features and software does the laptop have?
    If you need a webcam or microphone, please contact the Public Service Desk (314-516-5057) to ask if the current laptops have those features.  We recommend that you check a laptop out beforehand to see if the hardware and software will suit your needs for a particular task (such as a test or video conference).
  • When are laptops available for check out?
    Laptops are available for checkout when the Libraries are open and MUST be returned to the Circulation Desks before the Libraries close each evening.
  • How can I check out a laptop?
    Laptops must be checked out in person from the UMSL Libraries' Circulation desks. A valid UMSL ID card is required for laptop check out.  One laptop per person.  Patrons may not check out items on behalf of another patron.
  • What is the check out period?
    Laptops may be checked out for two-hours of in-library use and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Laptops MUST be returned to the Circulation Desks in order to be renewed. Depending on equipment availability, students may renew laptop loans for one additional two-hour period. The checkout period will be adjusted accordingly for laptops checked out less than two hours before the Libraries close. All laptops MUST be returned before the Libraries close.
  • What happens if the laptop is returned after the time it is due?
    If a laptop is not returned when it is due, the student will be charged an overdue fine.
  • What if assistance is needed with using applications on the laptop?
    The Student Assistants at the Library Research Commons will assist students with computer-related questions.