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About the School:

The University of California, Santa Barbara is a public research university in Santa Barbara, California. It is one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system.

Laptop Programs:

Computer Labs UCSB’s Instructional Computing manages a number of on-campus computer labs that are free to students and offer both Windows and Macintosh machines and printing. Labs are located at Phelps Hall, Kerr Hall, Psychology East, Social Sciences and Media Studies, Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Student Resource Building. For assistance, consult with computer lab staff or stop by Phelps 1517 or HSSB 1203 to speak with help center staff. For hours and other information, visit https://it.ucsb.edu/services/labs.
Davidson Library Laptop Loans
Enrolled students can check out laptops on a firstcome, first-served basis for four hours at a time at no cost from the Davidson Library circulation desk. Students must show a valid UCSB library card and must have no overdue library materials. For more information, visit www.library.ucsb.edu/services/policies/laptops.html, call (805) 893-3491, or email [email protected].

General information

The UCSB Library has 60 laptops available for checkout from the UCSB Library Services Desk and 20 from the Music Library Circulation Desk.  All laptops have Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), web browsers, Adobe Reader, and a media player.

Use and circulation information

  • Borrowing library laptops is limited to UC faculty, staff and fully-enrolled students who have a valid UCSB library card. In order to access the wireless, you must have a valid UCSB NetID and password.
  • Laptops do not circulate overnight.
  • Files can be saved to the D drive on the laptop, but they will not be retained once the laptop is powered off or restarted. Please save your work frequently to a USB drive or CD, or email your files. CDs left in computers will be placed in the library's Lost and Found.
  • Personal software cannot be loaded onto the laptop.
  • Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You may not check out a laptop if you have overdue library materials.
  • One laptop per person may be checked out.
  • The maximum loan period is 4 hours.  Because of limited battery power, you may need to check out another laptop (if available) to continue use beyond 4 hours.   You must return the laptop to the desk where you checked it out by the due date/time to avoid fines.
  • Please do not return laptops to a book drop. You will be billed for a laptop that is damaged in a book drop.
  • Do not leave laptops unattended. You are responsible for a laptop that is stolen while it is checked out to you. Unattended laptops may be retrieved, if observed, by library staff and your laptop borrowing privileges will be suspended for three months.
  • If you notice damage to the laptop or if you discover that an application is not working, immediately notify the desk where you checked out the laptop.
  • Wireless printing is available from library-owned laptops to the public printers in the library. See instructions on the laptop’s desktop.

Overdue fines:

$15 for the first hour overdue and $10 per hour thereafter.  When a laptop is lost, stolen, damaged, or 24 hours overdue, the borrower will be billed $1000 for replacement, plus a $25 processing fee, and the accumulated overdue fines.  The replacement charge will be refunded if the computer is returned in good condition within 7 days of billing; however, the overdue fines and processing fees remain.  Laptops returned to the wrong library or after the circulation desk closes will continue to accrue fines overnight.
Request for a Budget Increase for a Computer – Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
You may be able to finance the purchase of a computer through a student loan. Although the cost of a new computer is initially not factored into the cost of attending UCSB, you may request that such an expense be recognized as part of your cost of attending (i.e., as part of your budget) and apply unused federal loans towards its purchase. Requests should be made between the first week of October and the end of February and your computer should have been purchased no earlier than September 1 for funding for that academic year. The computer budget increase limit is $500 and any amount in excess is a cost assumed by the applicant. All purchases must be made from a recognized retailer and original receipts are required. UCSB’s Bookstore and many retailers offer educational discounts on computer purchases made by students. Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (2nd floor, SAASB building) between 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m. for information and application materials. Link: https://www.library.ucsb.edu/laptop-use-policy

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