Laptops for Checkout

laptop on desk

Adults can now borrow a laptop from the Garfield County Libraries to take home and use for up to 3 weeks!
These machines run on Windows, and have the Microsoft Office Suite and other software to help you work and play effectively.  

In order to borrow a laptop, you must first reserve one (between 24 hours and 3 months in advance) by clicking on one of the library branch buttons below and selecting the date you want to pick it up.
There are terms and limitations so please read the FAQs and contract down below.

  

                    

                    

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I borrow a laptop?

To borrow a laptop, you must make a reservation on the library website. Reservations are made at least 24 hours in advance (and up to 3 months in advance) and you are only allowed 1 reservation per month.

Once you make a reservation, you’ll receive an email confirming your reservation is under review by staff. Once staff reviews the reservation request, you’ll receive an email that the reservation was approved or denied.

Make plans to pick up your laptop within twenty-four 24 hours of the day for which you make the reservation. Your reservation will expire after that period.

 

What will I receive when I check out a laptop?

You will receive a laptop in a case, a charger, a charging cord, and a mouse in a bag. You will be required to sign a contract at the time of check out.
     • The laptop runs the ‘Windows 10’ operating system and should look similar to the library’s public computers.
     • Hotspots may be requested separately from the laptops. The library cannot guarantee the availability of a hotspot with your laptop check out.

 

Who’s eligible to borrow a laptop?

Only 1 laptop reservation will be allowed per month, per library card.
To check out a laptop you must:
     • Be 18 years or older
     • Present a valid photo ID at the time of check out
     • Have an email address attached to your library account
     • Have a valid library card from the Garfield County Libraries
     • Have your library account in good standing, i.e. up to date, less than $10.00 in charges, etc.

Patrons who borrow laptops are expected to have basic knowledge of how to use a computer such as:
     • Starting and shutting down the computer
     • Accessing the internet and other software
     • Saving files
     • Turning wireless internet on and off

 

How long can I have a laptop?

Laptops check out for 21 days. If you need more time, you can make another reservation in the system, however, you may be required to reserve a different device.

 

How do I get help with a laptop while I have it checked out?

Technical support for laptops will not be available. However, if you need assistance you can make an appointment with library staff for additional help. If there is a problem with the device, please notify your local library and return the device so we can take a look at it.

 

Are there any fines and fees for the laptops?

There are no late fees for the laptops. However, if a laptop is not brought back within 10 days of the due date, the library will consider the device lost and/or stolen. The borrower will be charged for the replacement cost of $920.00. The library may report the failure to return to the appropriate law enforcement authorities and/or a collections agency.

Contact the library regarding misplaced or damaged accessories.

 

What are my responsibilities when I check out a laptop?

The laptop must be delivered personally to the Circulation Desk and given to a staff person at the library from which it was borrowed on or before the date it is due. Laptops should not be returned in the library book drops.
     • Borrower will comply with all state and federal laws concerning use of the Internet and all library policies concerning the use of borrowed materials and equipment.
     • Borrower will not lend the computer to other persons and shall exercise care to assure the computer is not lost or stolen.
     • Borrower will exercise care to properly use the computer and not to cause damage to it.
     • Borrower shall be responsible for saving and/or making copies of all documents and other work performed by the Borrower.

 

Can I save files on the laptop?

All files need to be saved to an external hard drive, like a flash drive or USB, or to cloud-based storage. The library is not responsible for any lost files.

 

How do I return a laptop?

Laptops should be returned to a staff person at the circulation desk of the library from which you borrowed it.

Please check to make sure the laptop and all accessories are in the bag.

Staff will check laptops for damage and check the item in.

 

How do I take proper care of the laptop?

Some best practices to adhere to are:
     • Protect the laptop from liquids, dampness, and/or extreme temperatures (vehicle, outdoors, etc.)
     • Keep the laptop in a secure, dry area.
     • Do not disassemble the laptop.

 

Why might a laptop reservation request be denied?

Reasons for denying a reservation request may include, but are not limited to:
     • Borrower's library account is not current and/or in good standing
     • Lack of satisfactory ID upon pick up of the device
     • Prior violations of the laptop loan contract by the borrower
     • Prior violations of other library policies

 

View the Laptop Loan Contract                                Vea el contrato de préstamo para computadoras portátiles en español