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Iowa State University of Science and Technology is a public land-grant and space-grant research university in Ames, Iowa. It is the largest university in the state of Iowa and the third largest university in the Big 12 athletic conference.

Laptop Programs:

Laptop & Equipment Checkout

Reserve a laptop, iPad, and other equipment @ lib.iastate.edu/techlending.

The ISU Library equipment is for use by currently registered ISU students.  You must have a valid ISU Net-ID to check out the library equipment. Equipment in the tech lending program is funded by student technology fees. Laptops (both Apple and Dell) and iPads can be checked out for one week or one day.  Laptops are equipped with the same software as the public computers in the library.

Additional equipment available
  • Headphones
  • Chargers
  • AV connectors and cables
  • Display adapters
  • Business and graphing calculators
  • Electronic hardware kits like Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey.
Location: 101-F Parks Library Hours: Tech Lending Room Hours

Borrowing Equipment

Library equipment may be reserved on our website, lib.iastate.edu/techlending. Pick up reserverd items at the Tech Lending room (101-F Parks Library, located just west of the Main Desk in the library lobby. In addition to the regular checkout process, you will also need to consent to our equipment check-out agreement, acknowledging your responsibilities regarding damage, theft, late return, as well as the terms and conditions for checkout. The desk attendant can help with basic equipment instruction. If you have any other questions, you may ask the IT services staff at the Solution Center, located in the lobby of Parks Library, east of the Bookends Cafe and Fireplace Reading Room.

Use of Equipment

It is expected that laptops and iPads will only be used for academic purposes.  Keep in mind, after the laptops and iPads are rebooted, any documents that have been saved to them will be permanently erased.  The University Library is not responsible for any lost data or documents. The borrower is solely responsible for saving files to cloud storage (CyBox), a USB flash drive or other memory device.  Borrowers may sync additional data and applications, with the understanding that all data added by the borrower will be erased when the laptop is shutdown or when the iPad is wiped and reset upon return. Any additional applications, media, or software purchased by the borrower during the loan period must be done with the borrower's own money and is not the responsibility of the University Library.

Late Returns & Bans

All equipment loans are due back by 5 p.m. on the due date to the Tech Lending room. Borrowers should note the due date and ensure the secure and prompt return of all items. A graduated banning policy is in place to encourage the prompt return of items to ensure fair access of the equipment to other borrowers.  A call to library staff will not prevent bans from occuring. Late Return Policy effective January 13, 2020 Return of equipment between 5 p.m. and Tech Lending close time:
  • 1 occurrence – 3 day ban
  • 2 occurrences – 1 week ban
  • 3 occurrences – 2 week ban
  • 4 occurrences – 4 week ban
  • 5 occurrences – permanent ban
Return of equipment 1-day late:
  • 1 occurrence – 1 week ban
  • 2 occurrences – 2 week ban
  • 3 occurrences – permanent ban
Return of equipment 2-days late:
  • 1 occurrence – 4 week ban
  • 2 occurrences – permanent ban
Return of equipment 3-days late:
  • 1 occurrence – permanent ban
Failure to return equipment after 3-days:
  • Permanent ban and charged full cost to replace device plus $25 processing fee
Damage to, loss or theft of loaned equipment during the borrowing period is the sole responsibility of the borrower.  Users should not borrow equipment for use by any other student or individual. Borrowers will be assessed fees for damage on an individual basis based on multiple factors that include the extent of the damage and whether the equipment is under warranty.  Damage costs assessed to a user must be paid before new equipment can be borrowed again from the University Library. Users found to have damaged equipment will be blocked from borrowing more equipment until the damage fees have been assessed and paid in full.  If equipment is lost, stolen or damaged upon repair, your U-Bill will be charged for the full replacement cost of any equipment involved.

Return Policy

Equipment must be returned to Tech Lending in 101F Parks Library by 5 p.m. on the due date.  Library equipment cannot be dropped in the library book drop, nor be left at the main desk.   This will ensure the equipment will be checked in properly and the borrower will not incur any penalties for not returning it. Allow at least five minutes for library staff to check the equipment at both pick up and return as they will need to confirm receipt of all items included with the equipment and that the pieces are in working condition. Returning equipment without accessories can only be done when you fill out an agreement to pay for replacing the missing accessories.  If found, you may return the missing item and all fees will be refunded except for the $25 processing fee. The following violations may result in semester suspension of the borrower’s equipment loan privileges: •    Library equipment was returned through the library book drop. •    Equipment was left unattended or abandoned in or outside of the library. •    Problems with, damage to, or the loss/theft of equipment was not reported immediately to library staff. •    Library equipment was returned 4 or more days past due. •    Violating the equipment loan agreement.


Please contact Tech Lending with any questions or for additional information. Location: 101-F Parks Library Phone515-294-1564 Email[email protected]

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