Checking Out a MacBook
When you check out a MacBook, you will receive the computer along with a laptop kit. The kit includes an AC adapter.
Batteries and AC Adapters
The MacBooks contain batteries which have a life of up to 6 hours without recharging. You may also use the AC adapter which comes with the laptop kit.
Locations of Electrical Outlets in the Library
- A number of locations on the main floor: under the middle tables on either side of the Grand Reading Room, amongst the comfortable seating in the Current Periodicals area, under the middle table just between the central study space and the current periodicals, and in front of the couch closest to the current periodicals.
- Rooms 302, 303, 304 (Learning Commons), and 305 a and b on the upper level of the library.
- Throughout the Fireplace Reading Room on the first floor.
- In the group and individual study rooms on the first floor.
- In the stacks near the carrels on each stack level.
- The terrace outside the Iris Cafe.
Availability will depend on whether the rooms are in use. And please be careful that electrical cords are not obstructing passageways.
Extent of Network Connectivity in the Library
The laptops should be able to maintain network connectivity throughout the library building; however, there are spots--especially in the far corners and some areas of the stacks--where the connection may drop. This drop in connection will only affect such things as web browsing, sending e-mail, and saving files to your VUSpace; it should not affect your use of other software.
Saving Your Work
Turning off the MacBooks will not delete your files (as it does on the PCs), but it is still a good idea to save your work to a flash drive or to your VUSpace, and to delete your files, especially those containing personal inforamtion, from the laptop before you return it. The next user may be able to access any files you leave on the machine.
You do not need to shut down the MacBook before you return it to someone at the service desk.