Technology Loans


Exclusively for Faculty of Information students

Technology and accessories are available exclusively for the use of Faculty of Information (FI) students. Please familiarize yourself with our Inforum Technology Loan Policy 2019 (PDF). Most items have been purchased through the Faculty’s Student Technology Levy (Tech Fund).

Non-Faculty of Information patrons are not eligible to borrow technology. However, Robarts Library offers a selection of tech loan accessories such as chargers, cables, USB keys, mice, and laptop locks.


How to Borrow

View / Download — User Tech Loan Visual Guide (PDF)

    • Technology loan items are loaned by TCard on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.
    • Come to the 4th floor Inforum Information Desk with your TCard, and ask for what you want.
    • Technology loan items are only available to FI students.

Loan Periods

    • If no loan period is mentioned in the list below, the item is a 24-hour loan.
    • Other loan periods range from 24 hours to 3 days (72 hours) as listed below.

How to Return / Overdue Fines

    • Overdue tech loan fines are $0.50 an hour.
    • Return all items to the 4th floor Information Desk.
    • Please DO NOT return items into the bookdrop–equipment damage may occur.
    • As a courtesy to your fellow users, please return devices with at least 50% of the battery charged.

Available Technology Loans


Laptops, Tablets, & Accessories

MacBooks & Accessories

Please also see the Adapters & Cables section

    •       Retina Macbook Pro Touch Bar (2020) [6]
    •       Macbook Pro with Retina Display (2019) [1]
    • MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2017) [2]
    • MacBook Pro with Retina Display [6]
    • Mac Workstation with Bluetooth Mouse Pads [6]
    • Apple Pencils [2] — 3 day loan

Dell Laptops

    •       Dell Latitude 7390 [1]
    • Dell Latitude E-6440 laptops [6]
    • Dell E-6430 laptops [5]

iPads & Accessories — 3 day loan

    • iPad Pro 2 [5]
    • iPad Pro [1]
    • Apple Pencil for iPad Pro [2]
      • For drawing, sketching, note-taking
    • iPads, 4th Generation [4]
    • iPads, 2nd Generation [2]
    • iPad Minis [2]
    • iPad Keyboards, Logitech [4]
    • iPad VGA Adapter [1]

Microsoft Surface Tablets & Accessories — 3 day loan

    •       Surface Pro 7 [2]
    • Surface Pro 6 [2]
    • Surface Pro 3 [2]
      • Logitech wireless mouse to be used with Surface Pro 3 [1] — 3 day loan
    • Surface Pen [2]
    • Surface Adapters [5]
      • Input for VGA

Samsung Galaxy Tabs [4] — 3 day loan

Keyboards

    • Kinesis Freestyle 2 Convertible keyboard for PC [1] – 3 day loan
    • Dell Keyboards [3]
    • iPad Keyboards [4] – 3 day loan
    • Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 for Windows, Android, & iOS [3] — 3 day loan

Wacom Intuos Creative Pen & Touch Tablet [1] — 3 day loan

    • Works with either Mac or PC: Install driver on to your computer first. Can be used with Photoshop, Illustrator, Photoshop elements, Autodesk, Sketchbook, Corel Painter, ArtRage Studio, Anime Studio, and more.

Adapters & Cables

If no loan period is mentioned in the list below, the item is a 24-hour loan.

Adapters for HDMI & VGA (for connecting to a monitor or digital projector):

    • AC/DC Universal Power Adapters [3]
      • Comes with 10 tips to fit a variety of PC laptops
    • MacBook Power Adapter Cord and Plug [6]
      • Magsafe 1, comes with a Magsafe 2 converter
    • MacBook Air 45W Magsafe Power Adapter [2]
      • No converter for Magsafe 2
    • Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter [11]
    • Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter [11]
    • HDMI to HDMI, Mini- & Micro- Adapters [2]
    • HDMI to HDMI High Speed [4]
    • HDMI Input to VGA Output Adapter [1]
    • HDMI Output to VGA Input Adapter [1]
    • Lightning Digital AV Adapter [3]
    • Lightning to VGA Multiport Adapter [2]
      • Lightning Output with Input for USB-C & VGA
    • USB 3.0 to gigabit Ethernet Adapters [2]
      • Comes with a Trendnet Driver Disc, which has to be installed first
    • USB-C to Multiport Adapter [9]
      • Ports for HDMI, USB-A, & USB-C
    • USB-C to VGA Multiport Adapter [1]
      • Inputs for VGA, USB-C, & USB-A
    • Firewire to VGA or Firewire to DVI [5]

Charging Cables

    • Apple Lightning to USB Cable [3]
    • Apple Lightning to USB Cable for connecting iPhones etc. to a computer USB port [3]
    • Huawei USB to micro-USB Cable [1]
    • Universal Home Chargers 12W [3]
    • USB-C Power Adapter with type-C cable [2]
    • USB-C to Digital AV Multiport [1]
    • USB-C output to USB-A Input [2]
    • USB-C to USB 3.0 cable [1]
    • USB-A to Apple 30-pin connectors [5]
    • USB-A to Micro-USB cables [6]​​​​​​
      • 4 with power adapters

E-book Readers – 3 day loan

    • Amazon Kindle 4 [1]
    • Amazon Kindle DX [1]
    • Amazon Kindle [1]
    • Kobo Touch Edition [1]
    • Kobo [1]
    • Sony PRS-505 [1]
    • Sony Digital [1]

Cameras, Recorders, Microphones & Tripods – 3 day loan

    • Camera, Canon EOS 600D Professional [1]
    • Camera, Nikon D5100 Professional [1]
    • Camera/recorder, Sanyo Dual [14]
    • Microphones, Lapel Recording equipment [2]
      • Comes with 3 wind muffs, extension cord, PC/laptop/DSLR 4 to 3 pin adapter, and manual
    • Microphone, Phillips meeting [1]
    • Microphone, Rode Videomic Pro On-Camera Shotgun [1]
      • Comes with 9V battery
    • Microphones, Yeti USB [3]
    • Tripods [6]
    • Tripod, Gorillapod Hybrid [1]
    • Tripod, Manfrotto 055 [1]
    • Voice recorders, Sony Digital [4]
      • Comes with USB Cable & Manual

Digital Projectors

    • Pocket Pico Video Projector [1]
      • Comes with small tripod, micro-USB to USB Cable, HDMI to HDMI Cable, and micro HDMI Adapter
    • Data Projector #1
    • Data Projector #2
    • Portable Data Projector [1]

Miscellaneous Equipment


Headsets & Headphones

    • Headset, Google Cardboard V2 VR [2]
    • Headset, NOON+ VR [1]
    • Headphones with Mics attached [7]
    • Headphones for PhD students [2] — 3 day loan
    • Headphones, Koss Noise-Cancelling [1] — 3 day loan
    • Headphones, QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling [2]

iRelax Equipment

    • iPod Nano 7 with Apple Earbuds [3]
    • iPod Shuffle 4 with Apple Earbuds [3]
      • Shuffles & Nanos come with pre-loaded guided mindful meditations
    • Headphones, QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling [3]

Other Miscellaneous Equipment

    • 3D Glasses for monitors in the group study rooms [4]
    • C-Pen (Dictionary-Pen) [1] — 3 day loan
      • This is a scanner which reads out text
    • Echo SmartPen [2] — 3 day loan
    • Extension cords [8]
    • Flash drives, 2 GB USB [4] — 3 day loan
    • Flash drives, 16 GB USB [4] — 3 day loan
    • Mice, Dell USB [3]
    • Mouse, Logitech Wireless [1] primarily for use with Surface Pro 3 — 3 day loan
    • Pointer, Laser [1]
    • Pointer, Pocket [1]
    • Raspberry Pi single board computers with SD card [2] — 3 day loan
      • Raspberry Pi Foundation help guides
    • Scanner, Voice Recognition [1]
    • Screen Cleaning Kit [3]
    • Speakers, PRO-168-3D Multimedia [6]
    • Webcam for Laptops [1]
    • White Noise Machine [1]
    • Wireless Presenter Remote [2]
      • Comes with wireless USB receiver key

About the Student Technology Levy (Tech Fund)

    • A non-academic incidental fee, binding on all Faculty of Information students
    • Used for upgrading Faculty of Information technology
    • Voted on every 2 years by Faculty of Information students
    • $50/year for full-time students; $25/year for part-time students
    • Read more about the Tech Fund from the Master of Information Student Council website, the Museum Studies Student Association website, and the Doctoral Students Association website

Submit an Equipment Request

The Tech Fund encourages Faculty of Information students to submit requests for equipment that fall within the Tech Fund mandate. Please use this online form to submit an idea!


Statement of Borrower Care & Responsibility

The standard of care is that which is reasonably expected from someone who borrows institutional equipment available and shared by many. Care will be taken to return all parts of equipment listed on the tags in undamaged state after borrowing item(s) by the allotted due date. While under the care of the borrower, item(s) must not be left unattended in public environments. Borrowers may be responsible for damages and/or missing item(s). Reported damages and missing item(s) will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.