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Loaner Laptop Program

Spring Semester – Borrowing or Renewing Laptops

The library has a limited number of wifi hotspots and laptops to check out, on a first come, first served basis. All laptops and hotspots checked out for the Fall 2021 semester are due by 4pm on Monday, January 3rd, 2022. Students who have laptops or hot spots checked out for the Fall 2021 semester and are enrolled for the Spring 2022 semester can renew their laptops or hot spots with verification of Spring 2022 enrollment. For more information, please see the laptop/hotspot FAQ, or contact the Learning Commons at (510) 885-4152 or

The Library Learning Commons has a limited supply of laptop computers available to check out for an entire semester, one month, two weeks, or one week. The laptops can be checked out by any registered student on a first-come, first-served basis as long as supplies last.

Laptop Loan Period Due Date Renewable
One semester
(not available for Summer Session)
Due by 4:00pm the last day of the semester Not renewable
One month Due in 30 days Renewable up to 3 times in one semester
Two weeks Due in two weeks, excluding weekends Renewable 3 times, up to eight weeks total
One week Due in one week, excluding weekends Renewable 3 times, up to one month total

How to Check Out a Laptop

If you haven't made an online reservation, laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To check out either a reserved or available laptop, please bring your Bay Card to the Learning Commons located on the Library Lower Mall. For more information, please contact the Library Learning Commons at or 510-885-4152.

How to Renew Your Laptop

Laptops must be renewed in-person at the Library Learning Commons on the Hayward campus. Laptops cannot be renewed online. Please bring your laptop to the Learning Commons located on the Library Lower Mall if you would like to renew.

Damaged, Stolen, or Lost Laptops

If your laptop is damaged, stolen, or lost during your loan period, please contact the Library Learning Commons immediately at or 510-885-4152. You are financially responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing the laptop. The cost for repair or replacement will depend on the laptop model.

Laptop Specifications

The Library Learning Commons provides various models of laptops and Chromebooks as part of the Loaner Laptop Program.

Pre-Installed Software

Main Apps

  • IBM SPSS Statistics 23
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Open Office 4.1.2
  • Pharos Printer Driver
  • Putty
  • R Graphical User Interface


  • Adobe Reader X1
  • Microsoft Calculator Plus
  • C Cleaner
  • Anti-Malware
  • Roxio Creator Starter
  • Media Players – VLC, Classic
  • GNU Image Manipulation Program 2
  • QuickTime Player

Students may install software on the machine just as they would on their personal laptop. The Library Learning Commons does not create custom software images for individual needs or for specific classes.