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De Anza Library Policies: Computer and Laptop Use Policies

Within this guide you will find information about our policies at the De Anza College Library. We have policies that govern student and patron conduct, and the borrowing and use of Library materials.

Computer Use Policy

The De Anza College Library provides access to the Internet and other electronic resources via computer workstations in order to support the curriculum at De Anza College and to enhance other academic endeavors. Computers in the library are intended for academic research.

Individuals are responsible for using the library's electronic resources in an ethical, non-discriminatory, equitable, and lawful manner. Engaging in any activity that is at variance with these policies and responsibilities can result in the loss of access privileges and/or legal prosecution.

The library's electronic workstations and the materials to which they provide access constitute resources to be shared equitably among registered student users. If and when the number of computer workstations is insufficient to meet demand, the Library staff may, at their discretion, limit individual sessions to academic activity or a certain time period and/or may limit access to those in the primary user group. (Primary users are currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff of De Anza College.)

Compliance with FHDA District Policy
Any student using the machines located in the De Anza Library or Library West Computer Lab needs to be in compliance with District Policy #3250. The District's Computer and Network Use Policy may be found at this Web site:

Laptop Borrowing

There are 3 types of laptops available for check out at the De Anza Library:

Laptop Type Circulation Rule Overdue Fees
De Anza Library Laptops
MacBook Pro 4 hour checkout; In-Library use only $1.00 hour/partial hour
MacBook Air 4 hour checkout; In-Library use only $1.00 hour/partial hour
Dell PC Due back at closing; may be used outside the Library $1.00 hour/partial hour

The MacBook Pros have Adobe Creative Suite 2017 (Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Premier Pro). All laptops have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and multiple browsers.

The first time you check out a laptop, you will be asked to read and sign the Laptop Borrower Agreement See the link below for a PDF version. The policies for borrowing the laptops as outlined on the agreement are:

  • Never leave a laptop unattended for any reason.
  • Keep MacBook laptops inside the Library building.
  • Do not attempt to download or alter programs on the laptops.
  • Return the laptops by their due time; laptops that are overdue more than 24 hours will be reported missing to Campus Police.
  • Use the laptops in accordance with the District Computer and Network Use Policy.
  • Borrowers are responsible for any costs associated with damage to, or loss or theft of, the laptops. Replacement costs may be up to $1400.
  • If these policies are not followed the Library may revoke the privilege of borrowing laptops in the future.