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The Spark

Igniting the imagination through cooperative learning

Laptops

The SPARK makerspace as part of the UNT student computing resources provides laptops to UNT students. Students should visit the SPARK in person with their UNT ID card to check out a laptop. The Library also has laptops available at the Sycamore Library and the Discovery Park Library. At this time MacBooks are only available from the SPARK in Willis Library.

Semester Laptop Lending Program:

The Spark administers a semester laptop lending program, offering a select number of MAC and Dell laptops that are available for  one semester. Semester laptops are only available through the waitlist. 

The quantity of lap[tops available for checkout changes every semester depending on availability. Laptops vary in condition and although the Libraries helpdesk will look at minor software issues, the laptops are not eligible for replacement. Note: batteries on laptops do slowly wear out and some laptops may have to be plugged in, in order to take a test that uses Respondus Lockdown browser.

The Spark does maintain a semester specific waitlist and the laptops are disseminated in the order the names were added to the list and to individuals in good standing, with accurate information on the list. A Spark team member will contact individuals when a laptop is available for the semester. 

 

SPRING 2022 waitlist in now CLOSED. We can no longer accept semester long waitlist requests.

 

CIRCULATION OF LAPTOPS

Laptops are your responsibility when checkout to you. You must understand that financial responsibility, as well as physical responsibility is transferred to you and you will be held financially responsible if equipment is damaged or misplaced while checked out to you. 

There are 3 loan periods for laptops, Standard, Extended, and Long-term. 

Standard Laptops: 

  • Available to: UNT Students
  • Loan Periods: 24 hours
  • Renewals allowed: no
  • Allowed: 1 laptop, 1 charger
  • Fine rates: $5.00 per hour for laptops, $1.00 per hour for chargers, $100 max fine for returned in same condition as check out.

Extended Laptops: 

  • Available to: UNT Students
  • Loan Periods: 14 Days
  • Renewals allowed: no
  • Allowed: 1 laptop, 1 charger
  • Fine rates: $5.00 per hour for laptops, $1.00 per hour for chargers, $100 max fine for returned in same condition as check out.
  • Please note there is a limited number of Extended laptops

Long-term Laptops: 

  • Available to: UNT Students
  • Loan Periods: 1 Semester
  • Renewals allowed: no
  • Allowed: 1 laptop, 1 charger
  • Fine rates: $5.00 per hour for laptops, $1.00 per hour for chargers, $100 max fine for returned in same condition as check out.
  • Please note there is a limited number of Long-term laptops

 

LAPTOP CHECKOUT LOCATIONS

The following library service desks provide laptop checkouts during hours of operation. MacBooks are only available at Willis Library.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES AND REMINDERS

  • Do not sync your iPod or other MP3 players with iTunes. You might lose information as the laptops are set to erase. 
  • The Libraries and SPARK are not responsible for the loss of or damage to a user’s file during the loan period.
  • The Libraries and SPARK are not responsible for any computer viruses that may be transferred to, or from, a user’s storage device.
  • The Libraries, SPARK, or UNT cannot be held responsible for any information (credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc.) that is compromised through the wireless network.
  • The laptop is your responsibility while it is checked out to you. Never leave the laptop unattended.

SAVING YOUR WORK

  • Do not save any files to the laptops hard drive. They will be erased when the laptop is turned off.
  • Files can be saved to a personal storage device or your UNT Student Storage Space on OneDrive.
  • Once the computer is shut down, any files saved on the hard drive will be erased.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

  • If you experience problems with your borrowed laptop, please return it to the appropriate desk. You will be given another laptop, if available.
  • Technical Support and Software Application questions may be directed to the Libraries’ Help Desk, or (940) 565-3024. The Help Desk is staffed 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SECURITY WARNINGS/INFORMATION

  • Laptop borrowers are expected to have read the Information Security handbook. The Information Security handbook contains UNT computing guidelines and policy for UNT faculty, staff and students. This document is available for review and print and is required reading for anyone using UNT computing resources. Departments that work with financial, medical, academic, or any other sensitive information are required to read the security handbook and become familiar with the policies and guidelines listed within as a continued effort by The University of North Texas to prevent FERPAHIPAAGLBADMCA, and Federal Copyright Law violations.
  • Laptop borrowers are expected to refrain from deleting, modifying, or otherwise altering any hardware or software including display and desktop settings. Personal software or files should not be saved or installed to the laptops hard drive.
  • All users are expected to use the Libraries’ wireless access in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided.
  • The UNT wireless network should be treated as an insecure network. There can be un-trusted parties between you and anyone with who you communicate, and any information being transmitted can potentially be intercepted by other wireless users. Cautious and informed wireless users choose not to transmit personal information (credit card numbers, social security numbers, passwords or any other sensitive information) while using any wireless connection. Please take appropriate precautions when using the wireless connection.

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