We have closed our equipment lending service in order to mitigate infection spread risks of COVID-19.
Our apologies for any inconvenience. The health and safety of UAlberta community members is our top priority.
Our Equipment Lending Program is a service for University of Alberta students and staff.
Security: Users should be aware that the laptops are not encrypted, and must not be used to create, store, or access any university sensitive information. Please see Liability and Personal Information below.
Saving your work: All personal information, including files and saved documents, is deleted when the laptop is restarted.
Please save your work to a USB stick or other Cloud services, such as Google Apps.
Software and Maintenance
Laptops undergo maintenance during intersessions, and will not be available for borrowing after exams and at the beginning of each term.
Available Laptop Configurations
OS X 10.12.6 (Sierra)
Standard OS X applications (iBooks, Photobooth,etc.)
Adobe Digital Editions
Adobe Reader DC
Antidote (BSJ only)
Cisco AnyConnect (BSJ only)
Java for OSX
MS Office 2016
Adobe Digital Editions
Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Reader DC
JAWS Screen Reader (on UWS only)
MS Office 2016 (with Write-N-Cite)
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud: software suite to support graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, etc.
Adobe has great tutorials available here which include:
ArcGIS is a complete suite for desktop GIS that you can use to create maps, perform spatial analysis, and manage data.
ArcGIS is created by ESRI, the world's largest GIS software company.
For training go to esri.com/training. There are numerous courses listed for free. (If any have a cost listed, go to esri.ca/training and they will be offered for half price.)
ArcGIS Software for student-owned personal computer: FREE One-year student license.
For a list of ArcGIS Labs on campus visit IST's Lab details page.
If students and faculty have questions about locating spatial data, contact our GIS Librarian Larry Laliberte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPSS: statistical analysis software.
For beginner tutorials on SPSS, students and faculty may check https://www.spss-tutorials.com/basics/. Students and faculty using SPSS will find helpful instruction in the software's "Help" directory.
The TTC offers SPSS training. Check "Browse Our Course Listing" here.
If students and faculty have questions about locating data for use in statistical analysis software, contact email@example.com.
Liability and Personal Information
All personal information, including files and saved documents, is deleted when the laptop is restarted. Please save your work to a USB stick or other Cloud services. Memory from other equipment will be formatted and cleared of data upon returning. The Library accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage to user files.
The laptops are not encrypted and in accordance with the Information Technology Security Policy and Encryption Procedure must not be used to create, store or access any university sensitive information. Similarly, your own personal information, data or actions are not encrypted. The Library accepts no responsibility for unauthorized access and disclosure of university sensitive information. For information on what constitutes sensitive information, please view the University of Alberta's Encryption Procedure. For more information on mobile computing security, please visit the Mobile Security section on the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer's website.
The use of the borrowed equipment is subject to the University of Alberta’s Code of Student Behaviour and Information technology Use and Management Policy. Students assume full responsibility and financial liability for the borrowed equipment and their peripherals.