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Laptop Checkout


Laptop User

SF State students, faculty and staff can borrow a Windows or Mac laptop from the Research Commons for up to 4 hours for use anywhere on campus.

All users are required to follow SF State policies regarding computer/Internet use and copyright:

Important Reminders:

  • Return the laptop on time, or pay a late fee
  • If the laptop is lost or stolen, you pay up to $2,000!
  • Never leave the laptop unattended

Checkout & Return

Current Students, Faculty and Staff with a valid OneCard / SF State ID can check out a laptop from:

Return laptops to the Research Commons. Do NOT return to the Book Checkout counter or leave in the book return slot.

Note: you will need to know your SF State Email account and password to connect to the Internet and to print.

Use Policies

  • Laptops may be used anywhere on campus.
  • You can use a laptop for up to 4 hours, but it must be returned no later than 1 hour before the Research Commons closes. See Library Hours.
  • Laptops are available on a first come, first served basis. They cannot be reserved ahead of time.
  • If you have unpaid fines on your Library Account, then you may not be able to check out a laptop.

PC Laptop Features

  • Wireless Internet access
  • Search Library Catalog and Electronic Resources
  • Web browsers: IE, Firefox
  • Software, including MS Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access
  • Network Printing (with OneCard or Guest Card)

More information about the PC Laptops

MacBook Laptop Features

  • Wireless Internet access
  • Search Library Catalog and Electronic Resources
  • Web browsers: Safari, Chrome, Firefox
  • Software: Adobe Reader, Office 2011 (Word/ Excel/ PowerPoint)
  • Network Printing (with OneCard or Guest Card)

Wireless Coverage

Wireless Internet access is available in many parts of campus, including the student center and Library. For more information, see the DoIT Help Desk SF State Wireless Network page

To login to the wireless network:

  1. Open a web browser (IE or Firefox)
  2. Enter your user ID. This is your SF State email address up to the @ symbol (jstudent NOT
  3. Enter your email password

Saving your Work

Using an external storage device is highly recommended (i.e. USB flash memory stick).

A file can temporarily be stored on the laptop's desktop, but ALL FILES SAVED WILL BE ERASED when the laptop is shutdown or restarted, even if the computer is accidentally turned off, or the system is forced to reboot due to a hardware or software error!

Save or print your work before shutting down. Research Commons employees cannot retrieve lost files from the laptop.

Fees & Fines

Lost/Stolen/Damaged Laptops

You are responsible for the full replacement cost of up to $2,000 if the laptop is lost, stolen or damaged. Never leave the laptop unattended.

Late Returns

Returning the laptop after it is due will result in a late fees of $2.50 per hour, or any fraction thereof, up to $25.00 per day.

Unpaid fees or fines will prevent you from registering for classes and could delay or prevent you from graduating.

Failure to Return

If you have not returned the laptop before the Library closes, you should keep the laptop in your possession and return it first thing the following morning to the Research Commons. You will be charged a $25.00 late return fee in addition to any hourly fine incurred. Under no circumstances should the laptop be left unattended in the Library after closing.

Getting Help

For help using the laptops, stop by the Research Commons.

If you have problems with the laptop, return it immediately to the Research Commons.

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