Self-Checkout for Laptops

This week, we turned on the kiosk that lets our students check out laptops to themselves. Here’s what it looks like:

elf-Checkout Kiosk for Laptops

The laptops can be checked out for the entire day by Baruch College students (our library is typically open from 7 am to 12 midnight). As you can see, there are 12 Macs and 12 Dell laptops available:

Macs 2014-04-24 08.02.20

The units recharge in the kiosk (students can check out chargers if they want from the desk where we check out other laptops). Students will swipe their ID cards and then be asked to type in on the touchscreen their Baruch username and password:

Cardswip 2014-04-24 08.02.03

As you can see, we’ve put a custom skin on the units, which are otherwise an unremarkable gray color.

It was nearly two years ago that a colleague from campus IT and I saw a demo of an earlier version of these kiosks from LaptopsAnytime. We’ve had the units next to the reference desk for a while now, something that attracted a lot of attention from students, who kept asking if the kiosks were ready yet. It’s exciting to have them finally on and available This pilot may lead to additional units on campus (maybe not all in the library!)