Q. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the laptops are very out of date. But even worse is that so many times I’ve been turned away from borrowing one because they’re all out. Maybe if the library were to start replacing the older laptops we would benefit from having more up-to-date technology and more available technology.
Please know that I am taking the time to write this because having laptops to borrow in the first place is a great service and incredibly helpful and I would like to see this service become more readily available.
In actual fact the laptops are NOT very out of date; they are approximately one year and a half old, halfway through their refresh cycle of three years.
We are aware that the laptop checkout service is very popular, and have managed to come up with 4 more check out laptops that we will be adding to our checkout pool.
Unfortunately due to budget constraints it is not possible at this time to increase the number of laptops that we have on loan, beyond the 4 extra laptops mentioned earlier.
We are investigating other options, such as an image one can overlay on their own laptop that duplicates the image on the checkout laptops.
Also, there are many more departments on campus besides the library. Perhaps they could also offer some sort of laptop checkout service, if students demonstrate the need for such a service at those departments.
Manager, Computer Operations