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User Services : Laptop Check Out

Welcome to the Houston Cole Library's User Services Page

Contact the Listening Lab

Contact the Listening Lab by calling (256) 782-8494.

Hours of Operation

Day Time
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday 3:30 AM - 10:30 PM


During periods when classes are not in session, the Library is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

Laptop Check Out

Laptops are available for check out from the 6th floor Listening Lab.

Laptop Check Out Policy

Please see the policy below regarding checking out laptops.

  • Only University faculty, staff, and students may check out laptops. No other patron groups will be allowed to check out laptops.
  • Anyone checking out laptops must have a valid University Picture ID. No other form of ID will be accepted.
  • Laptops will circulate for two hours and may not be renewed (the battery has to be recharged and/or other maintenance performed after two hours). If there is no waiting list for laptops, another laptop may be checked out after the first laptop is returned.
  • Anything saved to the hard drive will be automatically cleared when the laptops have been turned off.
  • Files may be saved to a disk, e-mailed as an attachment, or printed via UniPrint. Patrons must provide their own disk or storage device.
  • Laptops may be used in the Library only, and may not be taken outside.
  • Late fees are $0.20 per minute. The maximum fine is $200.00. There is a grace period of 10 minutes. Any laptop that is 24 hours overdue will be declared lost and a charge of $2,500 plus applicable fines and fees will be billed to the patron's account. If the laptop is returned in good condition, the $2,500.00 lost charge may be forgiven. The fines and processing fee will not be forgiven.
  • Patrons are responsible for any damage to the laptop while it is checked out to them, and will be charged a damage fee of up to $2,500.00. Also, patrons will be charged $2,500.00 if a laptop is reported missing or stolen while checked out to their account.

See the Laptop section on p. 43 for more information.