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Laptop Lending Policy

 The W.E.B. Du Bois Library’s Circulation/Reserves desk provides a limited number of Apple MacBook Air and Dell Inspiron laptops for lending - exclusively for the use of UMass-Amherst students.


  • Actively enrolled UMass-Amherst students may check out a laptop.
  • A valid UCard is required. A second picture ID may also be requested.
  • Wireless access available throughout Du Bois Library
  • Upon check-out and check-in, the laptop will be checked to ensure that all components are present.
  • Available on a first come, first served basis. One laptop per person. Laptops may not be reserved in advance.

Loan Periods

  • 24 hour loan
  • May be renewed once online for an additional 24 hours (maximum).
  • After returning a laptop, the borrower must wait at least one hour to check out another one.


  • Return equipment to Circulation/Reserves Desk on the Lower Level of the Du Bois Library.
  • Please return the laptop directly to a staff member at the Du Bois Circulation/Reserves Desk. 
  • Please do not return equipment to another service desk, a drop box or a Library book return!
  • All files and work should be copied to external or online storage prior to return of laptop.

Fees and damages

  • Borrowers are responsible for security and prevention of damage to equipment while it is in their possession, including loss or damage to laptop resulting from returning to a library book return drop box.
  • Call (413) 545-2624 or contact us at immediately if item is lost or damaged.
  • Borrower should not leave laptop unattended for any length of time! Borrowers are responsible for any equipment that is lost, damaged or stolen.
  • Borrowers are responsible for late fees and replacement costs for laptops given to a third party to return.
  • Late fees are $20.00 per hour or fraction thereof - maximum overdue fine of $480.00.
  • $10.00 non-refundable billing fee and $15.00 processing fee are added to all replacement bills.

Replacement Costs

  • Borrowers will be billed the total replacement cost of overdue, lost or stolen laptops or related components as listed below:


Description Replacement cost Description Replacement cost
Dell Latitude E5450 $1,050.00 Apple Macbook Air $1275.00
Nylon case $50.00 Nylon Case     $50.00
Dell 65W AC adaptor $70.00 Apple AC adaptor     $80.00
Power cord $10.00 Power cord     $10.00