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Student Loaner Program

Students in the Departments of the College of Built Environments who have signed up for the loaner program can check out laptop computers (Mac and Windows), portable data / video projectors, digital cameras, digital video camcorders, GoPro systems, graphics tablets, light meters, sound measurement and analysis equipment, and audio recording equipment from the Built Environments Library located in Gould 334.

How Do I Check Out the Equipment?

To qualify to check out this equipment, you must:
Be an undergraduate major or graduate student in one of the College’s departments.
Have a current UW Library account. For more information about UW Library accounts, have a look at the library account information on the UW Libraries website.
Read (and be sure you understand) the responsibilities and guidelines.
Visit the BE Library – once they confirm your status as a student in the College, you’ll be able to check out equipment. Note that it would be prudent for you to visit the Library to be sure you’re on the list before you need to borrow equipment, just in case there’s some issue that needs to be resolved by your department or the Dean’s office.
Once approved, you may checkout items during regular library hours as long as you are an active student. Checkout periods vary from 2 hours to a week, depending upon the item.

Responsibilities and Guidelines


You are responsible for any equipment checked out to you from this program, and you must take all reasonable precautions to protect it. You should not allow others to use the equipment because you are the person who will be held liable for any loss, damage, or criminal acts that may occur.
You are responsible for repair or replacement of this equipment due to any loss or damage while it is checked out to you. While all the equipment is insured through the UW’s Risk Management office, the deductibles are substantial (up to $500). Also, Risk Management may refuse to pay claims if in its judgment the loss is due to negligence on your part. If this occurs, you will be responsible for the full replacement or repair costs.
If you do not make arrangements with the University of Washington Libraries to pay such charges, it may affect your ability to register for classes at the University of Washington or receive your diploma and transcripts, and be referred for collection.
If any equipment you have checked out is stolen or you suspect it is stolen, you must notify the library unit from which it is checked out and file a theft report with the University of Washington Police immediately. The non-emergency telephone number for UW Police is 206-685-8973. The telephone number for the Built Environments Library is 206-543-4067.
You must return any equipment you have checked out at or before the day and time at which it is due. If you fail to return equipment on time, you may be removed permanently from the list of eligible borrowers.

Usage Guidelines:

You must adhere to the terms and conditions outlined in licensing agreements including licensing grant restrictions, copyright restrictions, and transfer restrictions. For example, you may not copy software for personal use.
You must adhere to acceptable use policies for uniform access computing as outlined by the University of Washington.


The College of Built Environments is not responsible for loss of data or other damage to files that may occur due to use of the computer.
All data will be deleted from the computer upon its return. If you want to save your work, you must back up your files to your own media.
You must be a currently enrolled major or graduate student in one of the Departments of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington to participate in this program.

Equipment Check Out From UW Student Technology Loan Program

Beyond the College, a consortium of UW organizations (UW-IT, Classroom Technology and Events (CTE), Health Sciences Academic Services and Facilities (HSAS&F), the Student Technology Fee Committee (STF), and the Services and Activities Fee Committee (S&AF)) have a large pool of equipment available for loan to currently enrolled UW students from several locations around campus.

It’s worth noting that the STLP laptops have only basic software installed – no discipline-specific apps like those available on the CBE loaners.  For more information on the program, check out their website: