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Computers and Laptops

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Desktop and laptop computers are available for use in both the Mortensen and Allen libraries.

See below or ask at the Mortensen or Allen circulation desks for more information.

About Library Computers

Desktop Computers

Desktop Computers (located on all three floors of Harrison Libraries) are intended primarily for research purposes, with links to the Internet for access to the wide variety of research tools provided by the Libraries.

In Mortensen Library, all are Windows desktops. Some desktops are accompanied by a large monitor or curved widescreen monitor. In Allen Library, the desktop computers are iMacs.

Read more about computers in Mortensen Library collaboration spaces.

Laptop Computers

Laptop computers may be checked out at the circulation desk of either library by current University students, faculty, or staff. A University ID is required. Both MacBooks and PC laptops are available, and have a wide variety of software installed. They also have connections to the secure wireless network.

See below for laptop policies.

Computer Software

All desktop computers and laptops in the Harrison Libraries generally include Internet browsers, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and audio/video playback programs (e.g. Windows Media Player, iTunes).

Mortensen Library laptops also include SPSS for statistics.

Allen Library desktop computers (iMacs) include programs for audio editing (Audacity, GarageBand), and music notation (MuseScore), among others. Allen Library laptops include audio editing software as well as Finale and/or Sibelius for music notation.

Please contact the Mortensen (860.768.4264) or Allen (860.768.4491) circulation desks for questions about specific software.

Borrowing Policies

Laptop Policies

  • Only University of Hartford students, faculty and staff may check out laptop computers.
  • Borrowers must have a valid and current University of Hartford ID card.
  • Users are responsible for the laptop and all of its components and accessories while on loan, and should NEVER leave the laptop unattended or lend it to other people.
  • Unpaid charges levied against student, faculty and staff accounts may be processed through the Bursar's Office and will be subject to standard University collection procedures. The fee to repair a damaged laptop is the cost of labor and parts plus a $100 service fee. See below for overdue or lost laptop fines policies.
  • In case of any accident, damage, or harm to the laptop or any of its components or accessories, the user must immediately report the incident to library staff.
  • Library staff will not provide technical support for computer hardware or software.
  • Laptops will be turned on before they are circulated to the borrower. When returned, laptops must still be on to prove their working condition and functional state.
  • Borrowers may not attempt to modify, tamper with, or install new hardware or software.
  • All personal data should be saved to personal storage (e.g. USB drive, Cloud storage). Data saved to the computer's hard drive will be automatically erased when the computer is returned or rebooted.
  • Current University policies as they relate to inappropriate use and abuse of computer technology, including all policies under the <University Judicial Code>, apply. Code is subject to change and revision.

Borrow from Mortensen

Laptops from the Mortensen library are available for use during Mortensen Library open hours, for use only in the library.

Laptop computers circulate for four hours only. One renewal of a four-hour period is allowed at the end of the first loan period providing there are no other people waiting to checkout a laptop computer. If during the second loan period a laptop is requested by another person, the current borrower may be asked to return it. Laptop computers cannot be reserved ahead of time.

Late fees for laptop computers are $5 per hour or any portion thereof. Replacement cost of a lost or stolen laptop is $2,100 plus any applicable overdue fines.

Borrow from Allen

Laptops from the Allen Library are available for one-day loans, and are due back by the end of the following day.

Reservations may be made ahead of time by contacting the Allen Public Services Coordinator (860.768.4459).

Borrowers must sign an agreement form, accepting responsibility for loss or damage to the laptop computer.

Overdue fines for laptop computers are $2 per day. Replacement cost of a lost or stolen laptop is market value, plus any applicable overdue fines.

A laptop will be marked long overdue after it is two weeks overdue. At that time, the user will be charged for the full replacement cost of the laptop (market value), plus a non-refundable $15 processing fee, in addition to the daily overdue fees. If the laptop is returned, the replacement cost will be forgiven, but the processing fee and daily overdue fees will remain.

Get Help

The University’s ITS department has a staff member stationed on the main level of the Harrison Libraries for computer/laptop help, connectivity issues, and scanning and printing assistance. You can also consult their help pages or dial 860.768.4357 for 24-hour Technology Services help.