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University Libraries - Cooper Technology Lounge Policies

Policies

 

  • Only currently enrolled USC students, faculty, and staff may use the technology lounge. The Cooper Technology Lounge reserves the right to check for valid University identification.
  • Save all work to the My Documents folder. Documents opened in email will have all changes lost when the web browser is closed.
  • Absolutely no pornography or material of pornographic nature.
  • All computers are reserved for class work. During times of high lab usage, no chat rooms, ICQ, or online games will be allowed.
  • No food, drinks, or smoking in the lab area.
  • No children are to be left unattended in the lab.
  • The noise level is to be kept to a minimum. Cellular phones are not allowed. Please use them outside of the lab.

** Any violation of these policies will result in your expulsion from the lab, and a possible loss of usage privileges.

 

Laptop Four Hour Loan Period Policy

On Your Time: Summer Semesters Only - Laptop Three Day Loan Period

iPad Loan Policy

 

Laptop Four Hour Loan Period Policy

Each year, borrowers must read the Equipment Loan Agreement and sign to indicate that they understand and agree with the conditions associated with equipment checkout.

  • Borrowers must be current students, faculty, or staff and are required to present a valid photo ID at checkout.
  • Equipment (e.g. computers, power cords, headphones, markers) may not be removed from the library.
  • The loan period for all equipment is four (4) hours.
  • All equipment must be returned to the Technology Lounge help desk until 12:00 am. At times outside of standard operating hours (available online at library.sc.edu), equipment must be returned to the security desk on the main floor, at the designated locations. Failure to do so correctly may result in revocation of privileges and late fees.
  • Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Renewals are permitted as long as there are no other patrons waiting to use the equipment.
  • Laptops and power cords must be checked out together. Only one laptop is allowed to be checked out at a time.
  • Borrowers should inspect all equipment at checkout to insure that no charges are falsely applied upon return. Borrowers are responsible for any damages to the equipment during the checkout period.
    • Overdue fines of $1.00 per hour will be charged to the borrower’s account if equipment is not returned on time.
    • Up to $30.00 will be charged to the borrower’s account in the event that headphones are returned damaged/broken.
    • Borrowers will be responsible for the repair of damaged computers/chargers (up to the cost of total replacement plus additional processing).
  • Equipment may not be left unattended. Failure to comply may result in the revocation of the borrower’s privileges.
  • The Thomas Cooper Library is not responsible for any loss of data while using the laptops.
  • Borrowers may not copy any software from the hard disk to any other storage medium or machine. Borrowers agree not to alter the software (install/uninstall) on the laptops. Theft or misuse of laptops, including hardware and software contents will result in prosecution to the full extent of the law.
  • Borrowers agree to abide by the Computer Lab Policies from the web site (www.sc.edu/library/labpol.html) and the Student Guidelines for Responsible Computing from the Web site (www.uts.sc.edu/Policies/Responsible.shtml).

 

On Your Time: Summer Semesters Only - Laptop Three Day Loan Period

Please ensure that all of your accounts, including social media, browsers, emails, and any other application is signed out of your account and no longer synced.

Eligibility

  • Only current faculty, staff, and students may check out laptops. Patrons must have a valid library account good standing and must read, agree to, and sign the Laptop 3-day Loan Agreement.
  • The laptop 3-day Loan Agreement must be read and signed each time a laptop is borrowed. Only one
  • laptop with charger can be checked out per person. Under no circumstances will a user be allowed to check out/in a laptop or charger for another person.

Loan Period

  • Laptops can be checked out from the Thomas Cooper Library Technology Lounge during Help Desk operating hours. To find out the hours go to http://library.sc.edu/hours.php?department=38.
  • The loan period is 3 days for faculty, students, and staff.
  • Laptops are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The Thomas Cooper Library cannot guarantee that a laptops will be available.
  • Laptops on a 3-day loan period must be returned to the Technology Lounge staff during the Technology Lounge Help Desk operating hours. If laptops are returned to any other location, a fine of $60.00 will be charged to you.

Fines and Damages

  • A $15.00 late fee will be assessed for each day, or portion thereof, that the laptop is returned late. Note: you must turn the Laptop in to a Technology Lounge Staff member during Technology Lounge Help Desk operating hours. Fines will be recorded on the borrower’s library record and may result in borrowing and registration restrictions.
  • The working condition of the laptop will be assessed before checkout and upon its return. Users are responsible for damage to and/or loss or theft of loaned units. Users are required to report any problems experienced with the laptop during their borrowing period.
  • The replacement cost for a lost or stolen laptop is $1000.00. A charge of $45.00 will be assessed for each lost power cord and adapter. Damage charges will assessed based on the actual repair costs. If a laptop is 3 days overdue, it is considered lost or stolen, and the borrower will be charged for its replacement. In this case, patron information will be turned over to USC police to aid in recovery, and a Banner block will be placed on your account.

Privacy

  • Laptops are for public machine use. Please ensure that all of your accounts, including social media, browsers, emails, and any other application is signed out of your account and no longer synced. Laptops are will not automatically delete online cookies and temp files, therefore possibly leaving the borrower information exposed.

 

iPad Loan Policy

Eligibility

  • Only current faculty, staff, and students may check out iPads. Patrons must have a valid library account in good standing and must read, agree to, and sign the iPad Loan Agreement.
  • The iPad Loan Agreement must be read and signed each time an IPad is borrowed. Only one iPad can be checked out per person. Under no circumstances will a user be allowed to check out/in an iPad for another person.

Loan Period

  • iPads can be checked out from the Thomas Cooper Library Technology Lounge during Help Desk operating hours. To find out the hours go to http://library.sc.edu/hours.php?department=38.
  • The loan period is 7 days for faculty, students, and staff with No Renewals.
  • iPads are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The Thomas Cooper Library cannot guarantee that an iPad will be available. There is a 24 hour turnaround time for maintenance on returned IPads.
  • All IPads must be returned to the Technology Lounge staff during the Technology Lounge Help Desk operating hours. If iPads are returned to any other location, a fine of $60.00 will be charged to you. If you repeat this offense, another $60.00 fine will be charged to your account and you will be prohibited from iPad check-out for up to two semesters.

Fines and Damages

  • A $15.00 late fee will be assessed for each day, or portion thereof, that the IPad is returned late. Note: you must turn the IPad in to a Technology Lounge Staff member during Technology Lounge Help Desk operating hours. Fines will be recorded on the borrower’s library record and may result in borrowing and registration restrictions.
  • The working condition of the IPad will be assessed before checkout and upon its return. Users are responsible for damage to and/or loss or theft of loaned units. Users are required to report any problems experienced with the IPad during their borrowing period.
  • The replacement cost for a lost, stolen, or damaged IPad is $600.00. A charge of $40.00 will be assessed for each lost power cord and adapter; $40.00 replacement fee for the IPad case; $40.00 fine for missing/damaged iPad carrying case. Damage charges will assessed based on the actual repair costs. If an iPad is 3 days overdue, it is considered lost or stolen, and the borrower will be charged for its replacement. In this case, patron information including location data from the Find my IPad application will be turned over to USC police to aid in recovery, and a Banner block will be placed on your account.
  • If user sets a password to the IPad, a $5.00 fee will accessed.

Privacy

  • iPads available for checkout have 16gbs of storage space and are equipped with Wi-Fi. iPads come with preloaded applications. The iPad must be logged into the Cooper Lounge ICloud account and therefore cannot allow users to wipe, download, or install applications from the Apple App. store. Some applications associated with the iCloud account may be blocked. For questions, please ask a Lounge Consultant at the Help Desk.
  • All iPads are reset and erased on check-in. Users should collect all data and documents from the iPad before returning it.