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The Computer Science Dept. has laptops that can be loaned to Computer Science Department undergraduate students for various reasons, typically because the student's personal laptop is being repaired.

Laptops are lent weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

There are alternatives to a loaner laptop if you have a special assignment. For example, if you have a Mac or Linux laptop and you have an assignment that requires software that only runs on Windows, you can login to the general purpose Windows server,, using your CS domain password (passwords are the same for both linux and windows in the CS Dept). There is more information on this server in the Windows section of this Wiki.

Conversely, the cluster of linux servers is available for linux computing needs. It uses the same CS userid/password as other servers. You can ssh <userid> from a terminal window to access this cluster. There is more information on this cluster in the Linux section of this Wiki.

To get a loaner laptop, do the following:

  1. - send an email to with the subject line in the below format
  2. - CS XXXX-###-XXXX is to be filled out later by Staff
  3. - state your user id (for example “lap4u”).
  4. - state (1) how many days you need the laptop and (2) if you will need a laptop bag
  5. - specify a Computer Science faculty member who will sponsor you.
  6. - “CC” the faculty member on the email so they will see your request.
  7. - you will sign the Agreement for Borrowing a Laptop for CS Coursework when you receive the laptop
  8. - example of Subject Line

Loaner Laptop CS XXXX-###-XXXX for [your user ID] sponsor [your sponsor] EXPIRES: mm / dd / yyyy with Bag

Once the CS staff gets approval from the faculty member to lend the laptop to you, an email will be sent to you when the laptop is ready for pickup. The laptop can be picked up from Rice Hall, Room 007, between the hours of 9:30 am to 5pm Monday and Wednesday.

Extensions Policy for loaner laptop:

  1. - You are allowed two (2) extensions if needed
  2. - Laptops must be returned to Rice 007 to be extended [they cannot be extended remotely]
  3. - You are allowed two (2) extensions if needed with no additional approval
  4. - If a third extensions is needed it will require additional Department approval

Please stay on your original email thread [The one with your Ticket number] for all communication concerning the Loaner

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