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Check Out a Laptop

Laptop computers may be checked out from the Computer Lab located on the fourth (4th) floor of the Alkek Library by Texas State students, faculty and staff. A user must sign an Agreement for Use of Laptop Computers and surrender his/her Texas State ID card until the computer is returned.

Laptop users are expected to have basic computer and software skills. If you are not comfortable using standard hardware and software, we recommend that you visit the library’s 4th floor computer lab where assistance is available. Once you have mastered the basic skills, we invite you to use the laptop service.

Users must have an active Texas State NetID to log onto the laptop computers.

  • Current Texas State students can create a new Texas State NetID or reactivate an expired Texas State NetID following the instructions from Technology Resources, or they may Visit the IT Assistance Center (ITAC) on the 2nd Floor of MCS during normal business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a valid Texas State ID or receipt for classes for the current semester.
  • Texas State faculty and staff are issued their NetIDs at New Employee Orientation. 


Regardless of the time of day the laptop is checked out, it is due back at the Computer Lab on the fourth (4th) floor no less than one (1) hour before library closing time. The overdue fine is $5.00 if returned within the first hour after it is due, and $10.00 per hour thereafter up to the value of the computer.

Laptops are equipped with CD-RW drives.  They are configured to provide a connection to the campus network from WITHIN the library; they do not work with any other wireless network.  If you take a laptop out of the library and encounter problems, you must bring it back to the library for assistance.

Installed software includes:

  • Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Publisher)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5
  • Adobe Reader
  • Quick Time
  • Yahoo, AOL, and Windows Messenger chat clients.