Borrow laptops, Kindles, cameras, and more


The Caltech Library offers a variety of technology for check out at the Sherman Fairchild Library circulation desk.  Most technology can be reserved.  Visit the equipment reservation page for more information.

There is no charge to check out any of the equipment but you may be charged an overdue fine or replacement fee if items are not returned on time, damaged, or lost. 

Caltech Library Policy on Borrowing Technology

  • At check out, you will need to read and sign a "Laptop/eDevice Policy & Authorization" form.
  • Different eDevices have different loan periods so please verify the due date before leaving the library.  Overdue items will result in fines and blocked accounts.
  • If you believe you cannot return the item on time, please contact the library.
  • All items should be returned directly to the Sherman Fairchild Library circulation desk. 
  • The item must not be left unattended for any reason.
  • You assume full responsibility for the item while it is checked out to you.

Please note: as of June 19, 2017, the Library will no longer be circulating iPads.

Reserving Equipment

Laptops, iPads, cameras, Blu-Ray players, and projectors may be reserved under the following conditions:

  • The request must be made at least one week prior to the desired reservation period.   Reservations after one week will not be considered.
  • Kindles cannot be reserved ahead of time.
  • We will do our best to accommodate all reservation requests but, due to demand, we cannot guarantee all reservations will be confirmed.  
  • Reserved equipment cannot be renewed and must be returned at the end of the checkout period.  
  • Computer accessories such as keyboards, mice, adapters, and cables are available first come, first serve and cannot be reserved.
  • Complete reservation request form.

Laptops (3 day loan period)

Circulating laptops at SFL

  • The laptops are configured for on campus use.  Connecting to an off-campus network is not available.  If you need to use one of these laptop off-campus, please contact the SFL circulation desk. 
  • Dell Latitude E4310
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-520M Dual Core 2.40GHz 3MB
    • Memory: 4.0GB, DDR3-1333 SDRAM, 2 DIMMs
    • Video Card: Integrated UMA Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 128GB Dell Mobility Solid State Drive, 2.5MM
    • Hard Drive Controller: Fingerprint Reader and Contactless Smartcard Reader
    • Floppy Disk Drive: 13.3" HD(1366x768) Anti-Glare LED w/ Camera, WWAN Ready
    • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive: 8X DVD+/-RW for Latitude E4310 (313-9857)
    • Processor Cable:  Intel WiFi Link 6200 (802.11a/g/n 2X2) 1/2 MiniCard
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13")
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 3.1 GHz
    • Memory: 16GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    • Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB
    • OS: OS X El Capitan 
    • Hard Drive: 500GB 
    • Thunderbolt and HDMI Output
    • 2 USB 3 Ports and SDXC card slot

Kindles (7 day loan period)

Circulating Kindle readers at SFL

  • If you believe you need the Kindle for longer, you must bring the Kindle in to the Sherman Fairchild Library and re-check it out. 
  • Browse the Kindle Titles in the Caltech Library catalog.
  • You are permitted to select titles to be added to the Kindle, while it is checked out to you.  The total cost of these additions must not be more than $25.00 during the loan period.  If the additions to the Kindle, while checked out to you, total more than $25.00, your bursar account will be charged the exceeding amount.
  • If there is a title you are interested in and its purchase price is more than $25.00, please djm [at] caltech.edu (contact the Library).  The Library will review the title and determine if it can be added.
  • Magazines, games, or other applications are not permitted to be added to the Kindles.
  • While you are encouraged to add a title of interest to our collection, the Library reserves the right to remove titles that fall outside of the scope of the Caltech Library's collection development policy. 

Digital Cameras and Lenses (24 hour loan period)

Circulating cameras at SFL

  • 1 Canon Vixia Camcorder
    • 32GB internal flash memory
    • Recording time on internal memory varies based on chosen Mbps
    • Standard SD memory card can be inserted if desired (not supplied by the Library)
  • 1 Canon Rebel Camera
    • 8GB memory card is provided but must be returned with camera
  • Nikon 50mm lens
      • Nikon AF-S FX Nikkor 50mm f/1/8G Lens with auto focus for Nikon SFLR cameras
    • Nikon 70-200mm lens
      • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
    • 1 Tripod for Canon Vixia or Canon Rebel
    • 2 Freetalk Conference web cameras
      • Soft case
      • USB 2.0 connectivity
      • Compatible with PC and Mac
      • Internal microphone
      • Quick start guide (included in case)

    Portable Blu-ray players (3 hour loan period during school session; 24 hour loan period during summer break)

    Portable Blu-ray player and external drive

    • The Blu-ray players and external drives are available for 3 hours while classes are in session and for 24 hours during the summer. 
    • Pioneer BDR-XD05B
      • Slim Portable External USB 3.0 BD/DVD/CD Writer 
      • Soft case
      • USB 3.0 cable
      • DVD disc with Media Suite 10
    • NAVISKAUTO 10.1 inch Full HD Portable Blu-Ray DVD Player
      • Supports:
        • BD, BD-R, BD-RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-Video, VCD, CD, CD-R/RW discs
        • MOV/AVI/MP4/VOB/FLV/MKV/TRP/TS/MPG/MPEG file formats
        • Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, MP3, WMA, AAC  audio formats
        • JPEG, PNG, GIF image formats
      • 3 hour rechargeable battery
      • USB and SD card support up to 1920x1080 at 30fps HD video file playback
      • USB port support Dolby Audio
      • HDMI output up to 1080P 60Hz 30fps
      • Soft case
      • 1 car cigarette charger
      • 1 wall charger / AC adapter
      • 1 infared remote control
      • 1 RCA AV cable

    Additional equipment/hardware available (24 hour loan period unless otherwise indicated)

    Additional equipment at SFL

    • Dell M409WX Projector (User Manual)
    • Epson 1771w Projector (User Manual)
    • 84 inch projector screen
    • Ethernet cables
    • Mac/PC keyboards and mice
    • Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPads
    • Apple Mac HDMI and VGA adapters (3 hour checkout only)
    • Laser pointers/presenters (3 hour checkout only)
    • Webcam (3 hour checkout only)
    • Microphone (3 hour checkout only)
    • TI-89 Graphing Calculator (3 hour checkout only)
    • Audio cables
    • Power adapters (Dell/Mac)
    • Playstation 4 controllers (3 hour checkout only) - Playstation 4 consoles installed on 2 large televisions on Millikan 9.