Notebook Computer Rental Policy

Division: 
Academic Information Services
Unit: 
Lydia M. Olson Library
Applicability: 
NMU students, faculty and staff
Purpose: 
Identify circumstances and conditions applicable to laptop rental.
Policy: 

General Information

Laptops are available for rental from the Library. To check out a laptop, you must have a valid NMU ID and be a current graduate or undergraduate student registered for classes. Under special circumstances, faculty and staff may also rent laptops. To check out an MacBook, you must be an Art & Design major or be enrolled in an Art & Design class requiring an MacBook. Only current students, faculty, and staff are eligible to rent a laptop.

When you check out the laptop, you will be asked to read and sign a Laptop Components Checklist verifying you have received all the components. You will also be asked to read and sign a Laptop Check Out Agreement verifying that you understand your obligations regarding the use of the laptop.

While using the laptop, if you do find a problem with it, notify the Library immediately (906 227-2260).

You will return the laptop to Olson Library at the end of the loan period. Once returned, Circulation staff will verify that all the parts have been returned. They will also assess the laptop for any damage. Costs will be assessed for any damages or lost components. If all components are returned and the laptop is not damaged, circulation staff will check the machine in and re-image it. None of your files will be viewed and they will be removed prior to the next use of the laptop. This is for protection of your privacy as well as for the convenience of the next user.

Loan Periods

There are three loan periods, each with an associated cost.

  1. Daily check out: $15.00/day for a ThinkPad, loan period of 24 hours $20.00/day for an MacBook, loan period of 24 hours
  2. Weekly check out: $40.00/week for a ThinkPad, loan period of 7 days $55.00/week for an MacBook, loan period of 7 days
  3. Summer check out: $250.00 for a ThinkPad; loan until end of summer school $345.00 for an MacBook; loan until end of summer school

Renewal will be allowed (except for summer rentals) and will result in an additional rental fee.

Overdue Fines and Billing Information

Once a laptop is overdue, the user will be assessed a $15.00 per day late fee ($20.00 per day late fee for an MacBook.)

If the laptop is not returned, replacement costs will be assessed at $2,000.00 in accordance with the computer agreement.

If laptop components are not returned, replacement costs will be assessed according to the price listed on the Laptop Components Checklist.

References: 
None
Approved: 
February 2004; revised April 16, 2011
Policy Type: 
Contact: 
Academic Information Services/Olson Library - Circulation, (906)-227-2117.