Hale Library laptop kiosk to close technology gap left by fire

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The new laptop dispensing kiosk was purchased with the help of the Division of Information Technology, K-State Libraries and a fund secured from the Student Governing Association. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

Since the Hale Library fire in May 2018, students’ access to computers and equipment has been limited on campus.

However, the library sports a new, self-dispensing laptop kiosk. The kiosk was purchased with the help of the Division of Information Technology, K-State Libraries and a fund secured from the Student Governing Association.

“We sincerely appreciate the SGA Student-Centered Tuition Enhancement funds to make the kiosk possible for our students,” Darchelle Martin, director of communications and marketing for K-State Libraries, said.

The kiosk was purchased through Laptops Anytime. K-State Libraries spent the last month working with them to set up the kiosk and download the appropriate software.

Using the kiosk is similar to checking out a book, with a couple extra rules. The laptops can be borrowed for two hours, but are not allowed to leave the library. With a swipe of their ID card and the acceptance of the terms of use, they are ready to use.

Similar to the desktop computers at the library, the laptops won’t store any data and are connected to the K-State wireless network. To save anything, students must bring a flash drive or save to their OneDrive folder.

“The kiosk is for students who need fast, easy access to a computer for a short duration,” Martin said.

Laptops are sanitized in between check-outs for the safety of the students.

If the kiosk is a hit, it’s possible another will be purchased to increase the number of laptops students can check out.

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