Our Equipment Lending Program is a service for University of Alberta students and staff.
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.
All personal information, including files and saved documents, is deleted when the laptop is restarted.
Please save your work to a USB stick, your AFS space or other Cloud services.
The equipment lending program is designed for short-term, individual use. We cannot privilege individual borrowers by allowing longer loans, or by putting equipment aside for specific people or classes.
Equipment and all related peripherals must be returned to the service desk of their home library during Service Desk opening hours. Service desks are not open during extended study hours at Cameron and Rutherford Libraries.
- Laptops, Cameras, Tripods: 48 hr loan, $5/hour per overdue item.
- Peripherals lent with laptops (cords, bags, mice): 48 hour loan, $1/hour per overdue item.
- Digital Voice Recorders: 48 hour loan, $1/hour per overdue item.
- Standalone Peripherals (chargers, phone cords, headphones, etc.): 4 hr loan, $1/hour per overdue item. Borrowers are responsible for matching standalone peripherals, such as chargers, to their personal devices.
- Additional discretionary fines of $50 per item will be applied for abuse of privilege.
Borrowers are subject to the University of Alberta Libraries borrowing policies.
Avoid fines. Return on time. No renewals. No holds.
- Digital camera: $2,500
- Mac laptop: $1,500
- PC laptop: $1,000
- Canon Power-Shot Camera: $900
- Tripod: $500
- Digital Voice Recorder: $80
- Peripherals: varies ($20-$100)
- Damaged equipment will be assessed to determine what fees will apply
Please note: replacement charges will be applied in place of the $150 lost charge that is indicated in your library account.
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 10.12.4 (Sierra)
Standard OS X applications (iBooks, Photobooth,etc.)
Adobe Digital Editions
Adobe Reader DC
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.
ArcGIS Labs on Campus
If students and faculty have questions about locating spatial data, contact our GIS Librarian Larry Laliberte at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, your AFS space 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 Best Practices for Securing University Information on Mobile Devices page.
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.