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About the School:

Cleveland State University is a public research university in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It was established in 1964, and opened for classes in 1965 after acquiring the entirety of Fenn College, a private school that had been in operation since 1923.

Laptop Programs:

Program Overview:

Mobile Campus is located in the CSU Student Center in room SC128A and at the circulation desk in the Michael Schwartz Library in Rhodes Tower. (campus map - pdf) Currently registered students in good standing with the University can borrow H/P laptop or MacBook Air computers, tablets, and basic or feature-rich, scientific color graphing calculators for on-and-off campus use, for up to forty-eight hours at no cost.  Loans may be renewed at or prior to the scheduled return time - in person only - subject to end-of-day limitations. Devices are available on a first-come/first-served basis (reservations are not accepted). All equipment must be returned or renewed at the location from which it was borrowed by the specified due time or one hour before closing, whichever is sooner.

Because most batteries will not remain charged for 48 hours, Mobile Campus will offer A/C power cords with loaned laptops, tablets and MacBook Airs.  It is important to know however, if a device is borrowed with a power cord and is returned without the cord, the device will be considered still on loan (and subject to late fees) until all borrowed components are returned.

Free Program Registration:

Students register for the program once per calendar year. Simple registration only requires the student to present two photo IDs (One must be a CSU student ID card and the other a government-issued ID card such as Driver's License, Passport, State ID Card, etc.) and reading and signing the registration form. A photo copy of the CSU ID card will be made when registering for the program; this copy will be retained at Mobile Campus for future reference. Once eligibility has been established, a student can check out a device by presenting their CSU ID card and signing a check-out form.


Each laptop, tablet and MacBook Air includes Internet access (via wireless network), MS Office and Internet Explorer and other standard software, as well as the current Operating System. While configured with the most commonly used software for your convenience, the devices do not provide the full suite of software available in the General Computer Labs. If access to specialized software such as SAS or SPSS is required, students will find a wider array of software in the General Computer labs.


Mobile Campus has over 200 laptops, MacBook Airs and tablets plus calculators available to be borrowed by students. Each laptop has a hard drive that can be used for temporary storage of files (erased when laptop is returned). They also have a USB port that enables use of your own USB Mini Drive. These laptops have high-capacity lithium ion batteries, an internal wireless modem card, and an optional carrying case.  AC adaptors can be borrowed along with devices (other than calculators) to accomodate 48-hour loans but must be returned along with the device for the device to be considered "returned"..

Saving your work:

Students are provided with a large (one terrabyte) online, cloud-based storage folder, called OneDrive, which can be accessed from any network-connected computer, including Mobile Campus laptops and General Computer Lab desktops. This is the default storage option for Mobile Campus and the General Computer Lab desktop computers. USB ports are also available for students who prefer to save their documents on a USB "thumb-drive". Although the computers also have an internal hard drive, students are encouraged to save their work on a cloud-based network drive or their private thumb drive because the laptops are frequently re-imaged to ensure that they remain virus free, properly configured, and as trouble-free as possible, as well as to preserve the privacy of each student's work. Data stored on the hard drive will no longer be available after the student completes his or her session.

Printing your work:

Limited free printing from Mobile Campus laptops is available in the Campus Connection Lounges and the General Computer Labs. Click here for more information about printing, purchasing additional printing, and requesting refunds for failed printing.

Fines and Fees:

Although there is no cost to use these devices, late charges ($20 per day), repair, and replacement fees may result if a device is returned late, damaged, lost or stolen. The maximum fine is $2,000.00. All fines and fees will be charged to your account at the University and collected by the Bursar's Office. If you have outstanding fines or fees, you may be ineligible to borrow another device and may be unable to register for classes or obtain transcripts.

Lost or Stolen Equipment:

You are responsible for the equipment loaned to you by Mobile Campus. Use of this equipment is permitted only until the date and time due as indicated on the Mobile Campus Equipment Loan Agreement. Any use of this equipment after that time is beyond the scope of the agreement and may constitute a criminal felony. If the equipment is lost or stolen, you must file a report with the CSU Police Department and report the loss to Mobile Campus promptly to avoid additional late fees.


Program Funding:


This program is entirely funded by Student Tech Fees and is therefore restricted to CSU student use only. Please take care of the equipment - you are helping to pay for it.


Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday:7:30am to 10:00pm
Friday:7:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday:8:00am - 5:00pm

* The devices can be borrowed at any time during these times up to 1 hour before closing.

(Summer Hours subject to change)

The Mobile Campus Program will be closed on holidays and during academic breaks.