While frantically finishing a paper, taking a test online or texting a work group to set up a study session, the last thing a student wants to deal with is a dead laptop or phone battery. The University of Cincinnati Libraries, in partnership with Undergraduate Student Government (USG), is offering a remedy to that problem with charger rentals for phones and laptop computers.
Available for check out via The Desk@Langsam, students can check out a phone charger for up to four hours and a laptop charger for up to five days. The various chargers available are listed on the UC Libraries website, but include options for Macs, PC, iPhone, and Androids among others.
The charger rental program is a USG initiative started by Chandler Rankin, student body president, and Abbie Smith, student body vice president, after conducting student focus groups concerning their wants and needs in regards to campus services and resources. “This is a convenient campus amenity for students who need to charge their devices while in the library or for those who may have forgotten their chargers and need access to one during the day,” said Rankin. “The availability of chargers enhances the overall library equipment rental inventory to meet current student demand.”
USG worked with UC Libraries staff, including Amanda Welter, director of library facilities and planning, Ben Kline, assistant director of the Research and Teaching Services Department, and Jay Sinnard, operations manager of the Student Technology Resources Center, to research what peer institutions were doing and how the Libraries might expand the current lending equipment inventory to include chargers. USG has committed to funding the purchase and maintenance of the chargers for the next three years.
More information about the Libraries equipment borrowing, including policies and what is available, can be found online.