Library Laptop Policy

Laptop Policies – Garwood Public Library

The Library’s laptops may only be used in the Library. Removal of a Library laptop from the Library will be considered theft. All applicable laws will apply.


·         Only Adult Garwood Library cardholders may borrow a tablet or laptop.

·         The borrower must present either: A) a valid driver’s license; or B) another form of valid photo I.D. The I.D. will be held, with the borrower’s library card, at the Circulation Desk until the tablet or laptop is checked back in by Library staff.

Loan Period and Availability

·         Laptops can be checked out from the Circulation Desk for 2 hours.

·          Laptop lending will end one hour before the Library closes. Laptop must be returned 30 minutes before closing.

·          Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved.

·         A cardholder may borrow only one laptop per day.


Late Fees and Liability

The borrower is financially liable for any lost, stolen or damaged laptop. Fines and fees for laptops will be processed the same as fines or fees for other library materials.



For each hour or fraction thereof that the laptop is overdue. No grace period. No maximum fine.


Lost or damaged power cord.

Replacement cost + $20 processing fee.

Damaged laptop.

Repair cost (up to replacement cost) + $20 processing fee.

Lost or stolen laptop. (If laptop was stolen, the borrower is responsible for submitting a police report to the Library Director.)

Replacement cost + $20 processing fee


Limitations on Laptop Use

·         The borrower must not leave the laptop unattended. If a borrower must leave for a short time, laptop may be left with a staff member at the Circulation Desk with the understanding that the laptop’s check-in time will not be changed. If an unattended laptop is retrieved by a staff member the borrower’s laptop borrowing privileges will be suspended.

·         A borrower’s files will be automatically erased from the laptop when it is shut down. Therefore, borrowers wanting to preserve their files should save them on a USB flash drive or e-mail the files to themselves.

·         Library staff may not be available to provide technical support.

·         The Library assumes no responsibility for any damage to Library users' personal devices, software, files, and/or equipment. Tampering with Library equipment or attempting to access or modify the operating system or any other software or programming, including bypassing security functions, is prohibited.

·         No filtering (blocking software) is used on these computers.


·         The laptops may not be used to engage in illegal activities or to disturb other patrons. If asked to refrain, you must comply immediately. Failure to comply may result in loss of computer privileges.