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Laptop Loan Policy Laptop Loan Agreement
 

Wireless Access   Fines and Fees   Borrowers Agreement
Software
   Laptop User Instructions   CD Burning

 
where are they available?
arrow East Bank Regional, West Bank Regional, Gretna, Lakeshore, Rosedale, North Kenner and Westwego Libraries.
 
who can borrow a laptop?
arrow Laptops can be checked out only by Jefferson Parish residents with valid Jefferson Parish Library cards. They are not available to people with reciprocal or guest cards. Customers with overdue items or outstanding fines/fees of any amount on their record are also ineligible for this service.
arrow Laptops are available on a first come, first serve basis (no advance reservations).
arrow One laptop per person.
   
How long does the laptop circulate?
arrow 2-hour laptops are available (Jefferson Parish Library Laptops)
arrow Laptops are not renewable.
arrow One checkout per day is allowed.
   
when can i check out a laptop?
arrow Laptops may be check out during all posted Library Hours.
arrow Laptops cannot checked out when there is less than one hour of time before the library closes.
arrow All laptops checked out with (2) hours of closing must be returned 30 minutes before the library closes.
   
what are the fines and fees for late or damaged laptops?
Please do not leave laptops unattended. You are solely responsible for the laptop while it is checked out to you, and you will be accountable for any overdue fines, damage, loss, or theft.
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Overdue fines are $25.00 per hour until the max fine of $125 is reached.

arrow Any laptop not returned by due date or closing time may be considered lost or stolen and the replacement cost of $1,500 plus the max fine of $125 will be charged.
arrow You will be billed for reasonable repair or replacement costs up to $1,500.00 if the laptop or components are damaged, lost, or stolen.
arrow Laptops not returned within 4 hours of the time they are due will be considered stolen or lost and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office or local municipal police office will be notified.
arrow Please note that the library has the ability to track all laptops.
   
what happens when i borrow a laptop?
arrow Laptops are checked out from the service or information desk.
arrow Customers must provide their library card and a valid Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana state photo identification card and sign a Laptop Loan Agreement. The ID will be retained until the laptop is returned. A parent or guardian must also provide a valid library card and government issued photo ID and sign a laptop agreement if the person using the laptop is under the age of 18.
arrow You read and sign the Laptop Loan Agreement each time you check out a laptop.
arrow At the end of the loan period, you must bring the laptop back to the service or information desk in person.
arrow You must wait for the Library staff as they fulfill obligations to inventory components, test laptop operation and provide a receipt upon request.
   
Laptop Loan Agreement
arrow I understand that by borrowing a laptop from the Jefferson Parish Library I am solely responsible for the laptop computer and all components (hardware and software). I will reimburse the Library for any damages if the laptop or any software installed thereon is damaged, lost or stolen while checked out to me. The cost of replacing a laptop is $1,500.00. *** If a laptop is returned late, the patron will be fined $25 per hour until the max fine of $125 is reached. Any laptop not returned by due date or closing time may be considered lost or stolen and the replacement cost of $1,500 plus the max fine of $125 will be charged. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office or local municipal police office will be notified. Please note that the library has the ability to track all laptops.
arrow I agree that I will not alter any settings or configurations on the laptop, nor will I save anything to the hard drive of the laptop. I understand that printing cannot be done from the laptop and that the laptops do not have a floppy disk drive.
arrow I understand that the loan period for borrowing a laptop is two (2) hours. I also understand that laptops must be returned to library staff at least thirty (30) minutes prior to library closing, even if this does not allow me to use the laptop for the entire 2-hour loan period. The power must be kept on when returning a laptop, so the components can be checked.
arrow I understand that when the loan period has elapsed I must return the laptop to a staff member at the service or information desk. Until the laptop has been placed in the hands of a library staff member and checked in, it is my responsibility.
arrow I understand that the library will not be held responsible for any damage or loss of data or media due to any cause while using a library computer.
arrow I understand that Library wireless connections are not secure, and I will take appropriate caution with personal information while using library computers. I also understand that I am expected to abide by the same Jefferson Parish Internet Use Policy used for the PC workstations.
arrow By signing this document, I verify that I have read, understand, and agree to the Laptop Loan Agreement and the Laptop Loan Policy of the Jefferson Parish Library.
   
   
what software is available on the laptops?
 
Windows 7 QuickTime Microsoft Office 2007:
Internet Explorer Real Player

Word

Mozilla Fireofx Windows Media Player
Excel
Adobe Acrobat Reader  
PowerPoint
McAfee Virus Scan  
Access
   
Publisher
   
what do i get when i borrow a laptop?
arrow Wireless laptop with a wireless network card and battery
arrow Carrying Case
arrow AC Power Supply
   
Saving your work?
arrow Printing is not available from the laptop.
arrow Regular library computers should be used if printing is required.
arrow Laptop users can save their files to flash or jump drives, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW or send them via an email attachment.
arrow USB devices are available for sale to save work.
arrow All files are erased when the computer is returned and rebooted.
   
where is there wireless access?
arrow Wireless access is provided in all public areas throughout the library building.
   
what if i need help?
It is assumed that you are familiar with the software you will be using.
arrow Hardware/Software problems should be directed to the service or information desk.
arrow Help with the use of Online library databases and catalog is available from the service or information desk staff or the reference area staff.
   
Laptop user instructions
How it Works
arrow Each laptop has a wireless card that sends and receives information via the network.
arrow The laptop battery should last about 2 - 4 hours. Some activities will deplete the battery more quickly. When the battery is running low, a warning message will appear. Save Your Work Often!
arrow A touch pad, located below the keyboard, is used instead of a mouse. Lightly move your finger to control the cursor. The keys below the touch pad function as the right and left mouse buttons.
   
Getting Started
arrow Place the laptop on a flat surface with the DELL label facing up.
arrow To open the cover, press the latch, located on the front surface and lift up the cover.
arrow The ON switch is located above the keyboard. Turn on the laptop by pressing the ON button. It will take the laptop a minute to boot up.
   
  TIP: The laptop will go into a power saving mode and appear to be turned off
when you close the lid. To reactivate touch the mouse pad.
   
BATTERY AND AC POWER

You may choose to use the AC power adaptor or work on battery power alone.

   
Using the AC Adapter
arrow You can connect the AC power adaptor with the laptop turned either on or off.
arrow The power input is located at the rear of the laptop next to the two ports on the right side if you are facing the rear of the laptop.
arrow The AC power adaptor will charge the battery and power the laptop.
   
Using the Battery
arrow The battery should last approximately 2-4 hours. Actual performance time will depend on the applications used.
arrow The amount of charge left on a battery can be checked by holding the cursor over the battery status indicator (looks like a battery) located on the bottom right hand of the tool bar. A box should pop up showing the % of battery life left. If the box doesn't pop up, double-click on the icon
   
SAVING YOUR WORK
Save your work often! The battery should last for from 2-4 hours, but some hard drive intensive activities will deplete the battery more quickly.
arrow Printing is not available from the laptop. You will need to save your work to a CD-R/RW or USB memory stick (provided by you).
arrow Please use CD-R/RWs, USB memory sticks or your e-mail to save your documents. DO NOT turn off the laptop until you have saved your work. All files are erased when the laptop is restarted.
arrow CD-R/RW disks and USB memory sticks can be purchased from the Reference Desk.
arrow USB memory sticks will automatically show up as a removable drive in My Computer, when inserted into a USB slot.
arrow NERO Burning Rom CD writing software is installed on all laptops. Double-click on the "Nero Burning Rom" shortcut on the desktop to run the program. A CD writing wizard will appear to assist in burning a CD.
arrow Library staff does not provide assistance in the use of either hardware or software.
   
REMINDER - Never leave your laptop unattended.
   
***Do Not Turn Off the Laptop until you have saved your work. All files are erased when the laptop powers down***


rev. 4/2013

 
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