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Library Policies: Laptop Liability Policy

All customers checking out laptops are required to agree to the following:

  1. Borrowers must be at least 18 years of age and in good standing, without overdue materials or excessive fines on their account.

  2. Borrowers must present a current, valid Keokuk Public Library card, state-issued identification card, or school-issued identification card to check out a laptop.  Identification cards will be kept at the Circulation Desk until the laptop is returned.

  3. This laptop is for use in the Keokuk Public Library only.  Laptops must not be taken to the restroom or outside of the building.  If the laptop is taken out of the building, it will be considered missing and the Police Department may be notified of a theft.  Under no circumstances should a laptop computer be left unattended in the library.  This is the sole responsibility of the patron who has checked out the laptop.

  4. No software may be installed on the laptop.  Software may not be copied from the laptop or modified.

  5. The Library shall have no responsibility for liability for any claims relating to the use or functioning of the hardware or software included with the borrowed laptop and accessories.

  6. Work must be saved to a flash-drive, CD-R/RW, or DVD-R/RW (provided by the borrower).  Due to the security software installed on these laptops, all data saved to the hard drive will be lost when the computer is logged-off or shut down.

  7. The library’s wireless network is not secure.  Information sent from or to the laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software.  The Keokuk Public Library shall not have any responsibility or liability for any claims relating to the loss, damage or interception of any information, data, work product, or other material viewed, searched or stored on the laptop or its accessories.

  8. Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance.  Users are expected to have a working knowledge of computers and programs.

  9. Power cords and any other accessories must be returned with the laptop.  Checkout is for two (2) hours and may be extended if requested and no one else is waiting.  All laptops must be returned at least 30 minutes before closing to a library staff member at the Circulation Desk.  The laptop must be returned to the Library’s Circulation Desk by the agreed-upon check-in time.

  10. Black-and-white printing is sent to the Circulation Desk printer and can be received for a cost of $0.15/page.  If color prints are needed, save to a flash drive, etc. and print at a public computer.

  11. The borrower is responsible for the laptop and any accessories checked out with it.  Any damages to the laptop or accessories will result in the borrower being charged for cost of repairs and replacement parts, or for the full cost of computer replacement, if necessary (approximately $800).

  12. The borrower will be charged for replacement costs if the laptop and accessories are not returned on time.

  13. All activities performed must be consistent with the Keokuk Public Library’s Computer and Internet and Library Behavior policies.  The library reserves the right to restrict or terminate computer use privileges of any patron who is misusing or abusing library equipment or not acting in accordance with library policies.  The library reserves the right to update and change this policy at any time without notice.  It is the responsibility of the user to read and accept the current version of the policy.


  • I agree to all terms and conditions listed in the Keokuk Public Library Laptop Liability Agreement and acknowledge that I will pay all costs associated with any damage to, replacement of, or theft of any laptop computer and related equipment checked out under this agreement.  Furthermore, I understand and agree that failure to follow all written guidelines of this program may result in fees and/or loss of privileges, as determined by the director.

Adopted 4/16/2012

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