'Check Out' the Latest Technology at the Library
Posted July 15, 2013 | Atlanta, GA
Aside from being home to countless books, recordings, and even an Academy Award, the Georgia Tech Library also houses modern equipment that’s available for current students, faculty, and staff to borrow free of charge.
The Library Gadgets program has cameras, laptops, tablets and other devices that can be used for academic or extracurricular needs, all available for checkout at the Library Services Desk. With funds from the mandatory Technology Fee, the Library recently added new Samsung HD camcorders, Olympus and Canon digital cameras, and View Sonic projectors to its already diverse repository.
“We’ve had Wacom digital drawing tablets for a while now, but many students don’t realize we have them,” said Justin Ellis, who manages the program and its inventory. “These tablets are great for students who might want to use them with the Adobe Creative Suite software in the multimedia studio.”
E-readers come loaded with e-books, with new titles added on a rolling basis. “Ender’s Game,” “The Hunger Games” series and “Silver Linings Playbook” were recently added to the Library’s Amazon Kindles.
Checkout times range from four hours to a week, depending on the device, with some limited to on-site use only. You can even check availability of specific devices online before making an in-person visit; some items have wait lists for checkout due to higher popularity.
Of course, like any loan, there are penalties for lost items or late returns. Review the full fine and penalty structure prior to checkout and return your items on time to avoid accruing fees.