Technology loans

Overdue laptop fines are $5.00 per day. Laptops are due back at opening time on the next day after they were borrowed.

ipadHOLIDAY SPECIAL!
Take tech home for the holidays. Starting at 8:30 am on Friday December 14, FI students may borrow tech loan items over the break. Items will be due back on January 7, at 12pm. First come, first served.

Our technology and accessories are available exclusively for the use of Faculty of Information students, staff, and faculty.  Most items have been purchased through the iSchool Student Technology Levy (Tech Fund). Please familiarize yourself with our Technology Loan Policy.

Non-Faculty of Information patrons are not eligible to borrow Inforum tech items. Robarts library offers a selection of tech loan accessories such as chargers, cables, USB keys, mice, and laptop locks.

How to borrow

  • Tech Loan items are loaned by Tcard on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability
  • Come to the Inforum Information Desk with your Tcard, and ask for what you want
  • Technology loans are only available to students, staff, and faculty from the Faculty of Information 
  • Loan periods:
    • If no loan period is mentioned in the list below, the item is a 24-hour loan
    • Other loan periods range from 2 hours to 7 days as listed below.

How to return / overdue fines

  • Overdue laptop fines are $5.00 per day, and other tech loan fines are 50 cents AN HOUR
  • Return all items to the Inforum Information Desk
  • Please DO NOT return items into the bookdrop –  equipment damage may occur
  • As a courtesy to your fellow users, please return devices with at least 50% of the battery charged

Laptops, tablets, & accessoriesmac adaptor

  • Microsoft Surface tablets & accessories – 3 day loan
    • Surface PRO 3 [2]
    • Surface tablets [10]
    • Surface pen [1]
    • Surface adapters [5]
       
  • iPads & accessories – 3 day loan
    • iPad Pro 2 [5]
    • iPad Pro [1]
      • Apple pencil for iPad Pro [1]
    • iPads, 4th generation [4]
    • iPads, 2nd generation [2]
    • iPad minis [2] 
    • iPad keyboards [4]
    • iPad VGA adapter  [1]videocamera
       
  • Samsung Galaxy Tabs [4] – 3 day loan
     
  • Wacom Intuos creative pen & touch tablet [1] – 3 day loan
    Works with either Mac or PC: Install driver on to your computer first.  Can be used with Photoshop, Illustrator, Photoshop elements, Autodesk, Sketchbook, Corel Painter, ArtRage Studio, Anime Studio, and more.
  • MacBooks & accessories
    • MacBook Pro with retina display [8]  – Due back next day at opening
    • MacBook Pro [6]  – Due back next day at opening
    • Mac workstation Bluetooth mouse pads [6]
    • 45W Magsafe power adapter for charging MacBook Airs [2]
    • Apple Lightning to USB cable for connecting iPhones etc. to a computer USB port [3]  – 2 hour loan
    • MacBook power adapter cords  [3]
    • Mac adapters / dongles  [9, various]
       
  • Dell laptops & accessories 
    • Dell Latitude E-6440 laptops [6] – Due back next day at opening
    • Dell E-6430 laptops  [6] – Due back next day at opening
    • AC/DC universal power adapters [4]
  • Keyboards
    • Dell keyboards [3]
    • iPad keyboards [4]  – 3 day loan
    • Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 for Windows, Android, & iOS [3]  – 3 day loan
  • Webcam for laptops [1]

E-book readers – 7 day loan

  • Amazon Kindles  [3]
  • Kobo e-Readers  [2]
  • Sony e-Readers  [2]

Cameras, recorders, microphones & tripods – 2 day loan

  • Camera, Canon EOS 600D professional [1]
  • Camera, Nikon D5100 professional [1] 
  • Camera/recorder, Sanyo Xacti digital [15]
  • NEW!  Microphone, Phillips meeting [1]
  • Microphone, Rode Videomic Pro On-Camera Shotgun [1]
  • Microphones, Yeti USB [3] 
  • Tripods  [6]
  • Tripod, GorillaOid hybrid [1]
  • Tripod, Manfrotto 055 [1]
  • Voice recorders, Sony digital  [2]

Digital projectors

  • Data projector #1
  • Data projector #2
  • Portable data projector [1]

Miscellaneous equipment

  • Adapters for HDMI & VGA (for connecting to a monitor or digital projector)
    • AmazonBasics Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter [2]
    • AmazonBasics Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter [1]
    • HDMI to HDMI, Mini & Micro adapters [2]
    • HDMI to HDMI High Speed [4]
    • HDMI to VGA adapter [1]
    • Lightning Digital AV adapter [3]
    • Lightning to VGA adapter [3]
    • USB 3.0 to gigabit Ethernet adapters [2]
      • Comes with a Trendnet Driver disc, which has to be installed first
    • USB-C to Digital AV multiport adapter [1]
    • USB-C to VGA multiport adapter [1]
    • Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter [2]
       
  • Charging cables
    • Apple Lightning to USB cable [3]  – 2 hour loan
    • Huawei USB to micro-USB cable [1]
    • USB-C power adaptor with type-C cable [2]
    • USB-C to USB 3.0 cable [1]  – 2 hour loan
    • USB-A to Apple 30-pin connectors [5]
    • USB-A to Micro-USB cables [6]​​​​​​
       
  • Headsets & headphones
    • Headset, Google Cardboard V2 VR [1] – 2 day loan
    • Headset, NOON+ VR [1] – 2 day loan
    • Headphones  [7]
    • Headphones, KOSS noise-cancelling [1] – 7 day loan
    • Headphones for PhD students  [2] – 7 day loan
       
  • 3D glasses for monitors in the group study rooms  [4]
  • C-Pen (Dictionary-Pen) [1] – 2 day loan
  • Echo SmartPen [2] – 2 day loan
  • Extension cords  [8]
  • Flash drives, 2 GB USB [4] – 2 day loan
  • Flash drive, 16 GB USB  [1] – 2 day loan
  • Mice, USB  [3]
  • Pointer, laser  [1]
  • Pointer, pocket  [1]
  • Raspberry Pi single board computers ([2] – 7 day loan
              –  [Raspberry Pi Foundation help guides]
  • Scanner reader [1]
  • Screen cleaning kit [2] – 2 hour loan
  • Speakers  [6]
  • Speakerphone for faculty members  [1]
  • White noise machine  [1]
  • Wireless presenter remote [2]

iSchool tech fund logoAbout the Student Technology Levy (Tech Fund)

  • A non-academic incidental fee, binding on all Faculty of Information students
  • Used for upgrading Faculty of Information technology
  • Voted on every 2 years by Faculty of Information students
  • $50/year for full-time students; $25/year for part-time students
  • Read more about the Tech Fund from the Master of Information Student Council website, the Museum Studies Student Association website, and the Doctoral Students Association website