The Ithaca College Library, in collaboration with Information Technology, has created a wireless network for use with laptops checked out through the circulation desk. This network allows you to access the library’s electronic resources and the Internet within the four floors of the library. The circulation desk, located on the main floor, has nineteen Dell laptops and 10 MacBook Pros that may be checked out by Ithaca College employees and students for a 6-hour loan period. Patrons agree to abide by this policy when checking out a laptop.
- Employees and students must adhere to the Ithaca College all college computer and network use policy.
- Patrons must present their Ithaca College ID card.
- The person who checked out the laptop is responsible for its return, and for any damage or replacement fees.
- Standard software, including Microsoft Office and various browsers is installed on the laptops. Although users may temporarily install software on the laptops, the library cannot guarantee that any particular program can be installed or will run properly.
- Laptop batteries have a 1 to 3 hour life. If you receive a “battery is low” message, immediately save your work to a flash drive or cloud service (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive) or email the file to yourself and return the laptop to the circulation desk. If the battery runs out or the unit is shut down you will lose all data.
- Patrons should save their work using a flash drive or cloud service, or email the saved file as an attachment before the laptop is returned. Flash drives may be checked out at the circulation desk.
- Anything installed or saved to the hard drive will be erased when the laptop powers down.
- Laptops must be returned to the circulation desk at least 30 minutes before the library closes. MacBooks that are seven days overdue will be disabled by Information Technology and must be returned to the circulation desk.
- IT Quick Guides are available to assist users in getting started with supported applications and systems. For further assistance, patrons may call the IT help desk at 274-1000.
- Users having trouble connecting to the network should try moving to another part of the library. Network problems are often localized. If you continue to have trouble, or have problems with non-functioning software, please report the problem at the circulation desk. If available, another laptop will be checked out in place of the non-working laptop.
- Please speak to library staff if you need to borrow a laptop for use outside of the library.