Borrow a laptop
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- How do I connect to Wi-Fi?
- Borrowing a laptop
- Using the Laptop
Who can borrow a laptop?
All Concordia students (excluding Continuing Education students), faculty members and staff with no outstanding fines or liabilities of $5.00 or more may borrow a laptop.
A fine of $10 per hour or part of an hour is imposed for the late return of a laptop. For more information, see the Policy on Overdue and Lost Material.
When, where and for how long can I borrow a laptop?
Laptops are available during service hours from the Circulation Desk at both libraries.
Renewals and reservations for laptops are not permitted.
Laptops are loaned for 6 hours, unless they are checked out less than 6 hours before closing, in which case they are due back by 11:00 a.m. on the next day. 20 laptops are available at the Vanier Library for 3-day loans, as part of a pilot project.
After the Circulation Desk closes for the night, users are not allowed to return their laptops to Security Agents, nor can they be placed in the bookdrop.
Laptops must be returned in person at the same desk where it was borrowed.
You may leave the library with a borrowed laptop. Many buildings on both campuses provide access to the Concordia wireless network.
Who is responsible for damage or theft?
The person who checked out the laptop is responsible for returning the laptop in good condition. In case of damage, theft or lost, the user will be charged the cost of repair or replacement ($2,000). Do not under any circumstances leave a laptop unattended.
If the laptop or its peripherals are not returned, damaged, or if parts are missing, sanctions will be applied in accordance with the Libraries' Policy on Overdue and Lost Material:
- your library borrowing privileges will be suspended
- you will be charged for the full replacement cost of the laptop ($2,000)
- you will be subject to the Concordia University policy on payment of tuition and other fees.
How many and what kind are available?
260 laptops are available for loan:
- 80 at the Vanier Library (a portion of which are designated for 3-day loan)
- 180 at the Webster Library
The library offers IBM and Lenovo ThinkPads, HP EliteBooks and HP Folios. Library laptops have the same software as the library workstations.
Here is the current status:
Printing with WebPrint
To print from personal laptops or laptops borrowed from the library, we recommend using WebPrint.
WebPrint allows you to upload a document from wherever you are (even from home) and release the document from any DPrint machine on campus. Just put money your Concordia ID using one of the DPrint loaders* and swipe your Concordia ID card on the DPrint machine to pay for your print job. Here’s the link: http://webprint.concordia.ca/cps/
*DPrint loaders: On the downtown campus there are 2 DPrint loaders located at the bottom of the stairs by the entrance to the library. On the Loyola Campus, there is 1 DPrint loader located on the first floor of the Vanier Library next to the women’s washroom.
Do not save files to library laptops. Any files saved on the laptop will be deleted when the laptop is rebooted or if it crashes. We strongly urge you to save your files to a USB key, or a web-based storage site. The library is not responsible for recovering files saved to library laptops.
How do I get help?
You are expected to be self-directed in your use of the laptops. It is assumed that you will be familiar with the Windows platform and with the MS Office suite.
Hardware or software problems should be directed to the Circulation Desk at either library.
Help with the use of library resources is available at the Reference Desk.
Q: Can I plug in the laptop?
A: Yes. The laptops are loaned with a power adapter.
PLEASE NOTE - Do not attempt to plug in a laptop with your own power adapter as this will damage the battery and the laptop.
Q: How do I check on the battery?
A: You can check the battery power meter by double-clicking on the blue and red battery icon in the taskbar (bottom right of your screen).
The battery power meter shows you:
- the current power source
- the estimated amount of battery power time remaining