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Borrowing iPads and Laptops

Who can borrow a mobile device?

  • All University of Pittsburgh students, faculty and staff in good standing with a current University of Pittsburgh Panther Card are eligible 
  • You'll be asked to show your University of Pittsburgh Panther Card when borrowing a mobile device
  • Also, you must first complete and sign the Mobile Device Program Borrower's Agreement (PDF)

How long can they be checked out?

  • Mobile devices are due 8 hours after they are borrowed
  • Mobile devices must be returned to the Hillman Ground Floor Service Desk one hour before closing
  • When returning a mobile device, you must wait for library staff to check the device for damage and issue you a return receipt, which is proof you returned it. This process takes several minutes
  • Disputes about mobile devices and bags can only be resolved upon your presentation of a return receipt

What's loaded?

  • A variety of research and productivity tools
  • You can also access your email and the Internet
  • Any data you download on the device is not permanent, so save your data on a thumb drive or online

A complete list of the hardware and software available on the mobile devices is available:  

Hardware/software: Laptop

Hardware/software: iPads


What about my liability?

  • You are responsible for the mobile device while it is checked out to you
  • Do not leave a mobile device unattended at any time
  • If a mobile device is lost, stolen or damaged while it is checked out to you, you are responsible
  • When using a mobile device, please bring any problems to the attention of library staff immediately
  • While using the mobile device, users must also comply with all University of Pittsburgh Computer Account Policies

What are the fines and fees for late or damaged mobile devices?

The overdue charges for mobile devices are $10.00 per hour, up to four hours.

After four hours, the mobile device is considered lost, and you will be billed for its replacement up to a maximum of $1000.00


Laptop Hardware/Software


  • Internet:
  • Internet Explorer 8 
  • Mozilla Firefox Web Browser
  • Flash
  • Shockwave
  • Quicktime
  • Ebrary
  • Filezilla FTP/SFTP
  • Pidgin - AIM/MSN/Yahoo/ICQ/etc
  • Putty SSH
  • CAJ Viewer
  • DJVU
  • Alternatiff
  • Java
  • Acrobat Reader 9
  • Productivity:
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • MS Word
  • MS Excel
  • MS Access
  • MS Powerpoint
  • MS Publisher
  • MS Infopath
  • MS Document Imaging
  • CutePDF - Print Anything to PDF
  • Multimedia:
  • Windows Media Player 11 
  • Quicktime Player
  • iTunes
  • Antivirus:
  • Symantec Endpoing Protection 11
  • Accessories:
  • Notepad 
  • Calculator
  • Paint 
  • Wordpad
  • A ccessibility tools
  • Remote Desktop Connection
  • Sound recorder, volume control, windows movie maker
  • Non English Keyboards and Display Languages Available

Laptop Hardware available:

  • Carrying Case
  • Power Supply – Consists of separate power cable and AC Adapter 
  • Battery

iPad Hardware/Software

  • Dropbox1
  • Ebrary2
  • Evernote1
  • Facebook1
  • Find My Friends3
  • iBooks3
  • iTunes Movie Trailers
  • iTunes U3
  • Kindle1
  • Kobo
  • Microsoft OneNote1
  • NYTimes
  • Onlive Desktop1
  • Overdrive Media Console4
  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
  • QuickOffice Pro HD
  • Skype1
  • Stanza Ebooks
  • Twitter1
  • Wikipanion

1Requires registration.2Requires registration and Adobe Digital Editions account3Requires Apple ID4Requires Pitt ID and Adobe Digital Editions Account


iPad Hardware Available:

  • Power Supply (with Dock Connector)
  • Smart Cover
  • Carrying Case