The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Laptop Lending

Laptop Availability

Macbook Air



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Macbook Air

Lenovo T490 Laptop



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Lenovo T490 Laptop

Where can I borrow a laptop?

The Du Bois Library’s Learning Commons desk provides Apple MacBook Air and Lenovo Thinkpad T490s laptops for borrowing - exclusively for the use of UMass Amherst students - on a first come, first served basis.

How can I renew a laptop?

  1. On the Libraries homepage, click the My Account button in the top left.
  2. Log in with your NetID and password.
  3. Click the Borrowed Materials button.
  4. Click the Renew button next to BOTH the laptop and its charger.


  • Only actively enrolled UMass Amherst students borrow a laptop.
  • A valid UMass Amherst UCard is required. A second picture ID may also be requested.
  • Wireless access is available throughout Du Bois Library.
  • One laptop per person. Laptops may not be reserved in advance.

Loan Periods

  • 24 hour loan
  • One online renewal permitted for an additional 24 hours (maximum).
  • After returning a laptop, the borrower must wait at least one hour to check out another one.


  • Return equipment to a staff member at the Learning Commons Desk on the Lower Level of the Du Bois Library.
  • Equipment returns due on Friday or Saturday are due back 30 minutes before the Library closes.
  • Please do not return equipment to another service desk, a drop box or a Library book return!

Fees and Damages

  • Borrowers are responsible for security and prevention of damage to equipment while it is in their possession, including loss or damage to laptop resulting from returning to a library book return drop box.
  • Call (413) 545-2623 or contact us at immediately if item is lost or damaged.
  • Borrower should not leave laptop unattended for any length of time! Borrowers are responsible for any equipment that is lost, damaged or stolen.
  • Borrowers are responsible for late fees and replacement costs for laptops given to a third party to return.
  • Late fees are $20.00 per hour or fraction thereof - maximum overdue fine of $480.00.
  • $10.00 non-refundable billing fee and $15.00 processing fee are added to all replacement bills.

Replacement Costs

Borrowers will be billed the total replacement cost of overdue, lost or stolen laptops or related components as listed below: 

ItemReplacement charge
Total Replacement Cost - Lenovo Thinkpad T490s $1,200.00
Total Replacement Cost - Apple MacBook Air $1,275.00
Apple AC Power Adapter $80.00
Lenovo 65W AC Power Adapter $55.00
Power cord only $10.00
Laptop Carrying Case $35.00
Nylon charger pouch $10.00
Carrying case strap $10.00

Software included with our Apple MacBook Air:

Adobe Creative Cloud suite (Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom and more)

Microsoft Office suite

ATFViewer, Atom. Audio MIDI Setup, Automator, BBEdit, blender, blenderplayer, Bluetooth File Exchange, Boot Camp Assistant, Cyberduck, Firefox, Fusion360, GIMP, Google Chrome, Grab, Grapher, HandBrake, IDLE, Keychain Access, Mission Control, MPEG Streamclip, MPlayerX, MuseScore 2, naib, Notify, PDApp, Praat, Python Launcher, QLab, QuickTime Player,, Reminders, RStudio, Safari, Script Editor, Skype, Stellarium, Stickies, TeX Live Utility, TeXShop, VLC, VoiceOver Utility, Web Gallery, Standar Mac OS Apps

Note: When laptop is shutdown no data will be saved.

Software included with our Lenovo Thinkpad T490s laptop:

Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2016, Adobe Reader, Audacity, Chrome, Firefox, Notepad++, PuTTy

Skype, Vlc player, WinSCP, Standard Windows Apps

Note: When laptop is shut down no data will be saved