laptop check out program

Munson, Doris dmunson at EWU.EDU
Fri Jul 20 15:28:39 EDT 2012

We circulate 200 laptops, as well as digital projectors, camcorders, digital cameras, and accessories such as tripods and portable screens.  The students fund it with their technology fee dollars and it's very successful.  The program started with 20 laptops in 2002 but we're reached the upper limit on the number of laptops.  We haven't stopped checking out laptops for any period, but did stop circulating other technology when it was no longer being used.  On the other hand, we added portable screens at the suggestion of a student.

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Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Doris Munson
Systems/Reference Librarian
Eastern Washington University
dmunson at

From: Web technologies in libraries [mailto:WEB4LIB at LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of Lixia Zhao
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 10:05 AM
Subject: [WEB4LIB] laptop check out program

We are investigating a laptop checkout program for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Ottenheimer Library.  Has anyone instituted such a program and subsequently stopped the program?

 How did you assess the success or failure of the program?  Do you have a hints and/or pitfalls to watch our for in implementing this type of program?

Any help you can give me would be appreciated.

Thank you!

Lixia Zhao
Electronic Resources Cataloging Librarian
Ottenheimer Library,
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
lxzhao at<mailto:lzhao at>


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