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Laptop Loaner Program Policy


The Library hosts the Laptop Loaner Program to support and further enhance students’ educational pursuits. Several Dell laptop computers, each with A/C adapter, and optional Ethernet cable and carrying case, are available to TCNJ Library users for a restricted number of hours, for in-house use only. Laptops come equipped with Windows, Microsoft Office and other software typically found on lab computers. Access to the TCNJ Library catalog, and library databases is included. A borrower is financially responsible for the full replacement cost of a laptop computer and peripherals if lost, damaged, or stolen during the checkout period.


The program is available to current students and faculty/staff of The College of New Jersey (including retired faculty members).

General terms

  • Laptops are loaned on a first-come first-served basis for in-house use only during the Library’s operating hours (excluding extended study hours). Advanced reservations are not available.
  • Laptops may not be borrowed overnight and may not be removed from the Library.
  • When all laptops are in use, a person may place a hold for the next computer available.
  • Only one laptop at a time may be borrowed by an individual.

Period of loan

  • Loan period: 3 hours
  • Renewal period: 3 hours
  • Maximum no. of renewals: 1 (if there is no one waiting)
  • Loaning ceases 1 hour prior to the scheduled Library closing time; all checked-out laptops must be returned to Access Services one-half hour before the Library closes.

Financial responsibility

  • Late fees: $10.00 per hour with no grace period available, up to a maximum of $240. After 24 hours of being late the laptop is considered lost.
  • Lost or stolen laptop: $1,400. (This price includes all accessories.) If returned within 24hours, the lost laptop charge will be lifted, but the $240 late fee obligation, or any portion thereof, plus any applicable repair costs will remain.
  • Damaged laptop: The full cost of repairs will be assessed by an IT technician, (up to a maximum of $1,400.)
  • Lost or damaged accessories:
    • Ethernet cable: $15.00.
    • A/C adapter: $65.00.
    • Carrying case: $30.00.

Behavioral responsibility

  • Personal software may not be loaded onto the laptop computer at any time.
  • Users must save work into a removable device; data will be purged when the system is turned off.


The Library is not responsible for any computer viruses that may be transferred to, or from, a user’s disk or network account.

rev. October 20, 2022


R. Barbara Gitenstein Library
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628


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