UC Berkeley Library

Electronic Devices Lending Policy

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  • The library will be lending out Apple MacBook Air laptops 13” (some laptops will be running Windows and some laptops will be running OSX) and Apple Air iPads for checkout.
  • Presently laptops and tablets may be borrowed from Moffitt Library, Social Research Library and the Engineering Library.
  • UC Berkeley Students with a valid Cal ID or yellow library card may borrow a device for use anywhere.
  • Eligible students must be in good standing (no fines, no overdue items, no recalls, and no blocks) with the library.
  • Students have full administrative privileges restricted by Deep Freeze.
  • You can check their availability in OskiCat:


  • 1 electronic device (with no peripherals) per person
  • Item may be borrowed for 4 hours with 1 renewal
  • No overnight
  • May not be reserved in advance
  • Devices are available on a first come first serve basis
  • Upon check-out and check-in, the device will be examined with the patron to ensure all parts are operational
  • Device must be returned in person at due time or latest 1 hour before closing
  • Patrons must accept the Electronic Agreement Form prior to the first checkout of any device
  • Any stored data or information will be erased after the item is returned


No login required to access the computer. However, you will need a CalNet ID/passphrase to access the wireless internet connection (Airbears2).


You can print wirelessly using PrinterOn.

Fines and Charges

Borrowers are responsible for loss, damage, and theft of the laptop while in their possession. Borrower should verify the condition of the laptop at the time of check-out and upon check-in. Replacement charges are as followed:

  • MacBook Air laptop = $2000
  • iPad = $1200
  • Overdue fines: $20 per hour with the maximum fine being the replacement cost
  • We do not accept actual replacement


Some laptops will be running only the Windows Operating System while other laptops will be running just OSX. All laptops will have the following installed software (Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Java, Flash, RealPlayer, QuickTime, Silverlight, etcs). iPads will have pre-installed apps including those that allow office editing and reading ebooks.


Apple MacBook Air 13"



Apple iPad Air



DVI to VGA adapters for presentation with a projector are available for check out at the Media Resources Center on the first floor of Moffitt Library.

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