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Equipment for Checkout

Northwestern students, faculty and staff can checkout a variety of equipment from the University Library. Checkout time varies by equipment.

Laptops and iPads

Dell laptops and iPads are available for both short term and long term loans. There are a limited number available, and they are loaned on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one laptop or iPad can be checked out at a time. If you request more than one item, we will fill your request with whichever is available first.

These items are in high demand, so we are unable to provide access to Law, Feinberg, or Styberg faculty, staff, or students.

Requesting a laptop or iPad

To request a laptop or iPad, visit the catalog record in NUsearch for the item you would like to request.

Sign in to your NUsearch account.


Select 'Request' on the NUsearch record.


Choose your pickup option. Laptops and iPads can be picked up from the Main Circulation desk of University (Main) Library, or shipped for Home Delivery. If you choose Home Delivery, please provide your full street address in the Notes field. Confirm by hitting request again.

Renewals and returns

Loans for laptops and iPads for 14-day periods can be renewed via email if there is no waiting list. Please email to enquire. Due to high demand, we cannot renew quarter loan laptops. They must be returned to the Main Circulation desk at the end of the quarter so that we can make them available to another group of students.