What type of laptops are available for check-out?
The music library has three Dell PC laptops avaialbe for checkout.
We have 2 Dell Latitude C180s.Windows 2000. Click
here for technical information about the laptop.
We have 1 Dell Latitude D600. Windows XP
What software is available?
All library laptops are loaded with Microsoft Office Suite, which
includes Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Additionally, you will
have full access to the Internet through a wireless network (click
here for more info about the music library wireless network)
Who can check out a laptop?
Faculty, staff and students with a valid Vanderbilt University ID. A
valid email address is also required.
How long can it be checked out? Can it be renewed?
Laptops are checked out for four (8) hours and may be renewed once.
Laptops can go out overnight if checked out during the last 4 hours
the library is open.
May they be taken out of the library?
Yes. Also, they may be taken out overnight if checked out during the
last 4 hours the library is open.
Can I reserve a laptop?
No. Laptops are provided on a first come, first served basis.
How do I check one out? Where can it be returned?
Laptops are available at the circulation desk. You will be required
to fill out a loan agreement form that explains your obligations and
responsibilities. For your protection, laptops must be returned to the
circulation desk of the library from which it was borrowed and you must
personally deliver it to a staff member. DO NOT RETURN A LAPTOP TO A
BOOKDROP! Circulation staff will then check to make sure all accessories
have been returned and the computer works properly. You will then be
provided a receipt that will prove that you returned the laptop.
Are there overdue fines?
Yes. Overdue fines are $7.50 per hour and are nonrefundable. Please
return the laptop on time.
If all the laptops are checked out, what can I do?
The laptops will be visible in ACORN, the libraries' online catalog.
You should look and see if another library on campus has one available.
You can see the ACORN record for the laptops by doing a keyword search
on "Dell Latitude".
Can I load my own programs onto the laptop?
We strongly recommend that you do not. However, there is nothing stopping
you from doing so. In any case, the laptops are equipped with software
that restores the computer to its initial state when rebooted. Any programs
or files you have saved to the hard drive will be deleted.
How do I save my work?
There is an icon on the desktop that will connect you to VUSpace where
you may save your work. Click
here for more information about using your VUSpace. Also, there
is a floppy drive available.
What about printing?
The music library laptops will print to the printer nearest the CD listening
stations. Of course, you must be in the music library to print to this
Are there other restrictions on what I may do with the laptop?
All computing at Vanderbilt is regulated by the Guidelines
for Computer Use, which can be found here.
Where do I go/who do I call if I need assistance?
Notify a Rodger Coleman or another library staff member immediately.
You can also call 322-7695 to reach the music library circulation desk.