The Department of English has a variety of laptops and other equipment available for use in the classroom or at department events. These devices can be checked out by Department of English faculty, staff, teaching assistants and research assistants.
At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended for all equipment requests. Special arrangements can be made for pickup and/or dropoff, if needed, especially in the case of night classes or weekend engagements.
Due to our limited supply of equipment, we are unable to provide long-term checkouts. Please return all equipment as soon as possible after your class, or on the next business day if necessary. If you need to check out equipment for more than one day in a row, please make arrangements with department staff by noting this in the "Notes" box at the bottom of the reservation form.
Because our supply of laptops is limited, laptops are available for temporary checkout only and cannot be checked out for week/month/semester-long use. On the day of your reservation, stop by the Andrews IT Office in 126A before class begins to pick up your equipment, and return it once class has finished. (If you need an alternate pick-up/drop-off arrangement, let us know in your request. We are happy to accomodate.)
Cables and Adaptors
Cables and adaptors are provided in every classroom in Andrews Hall, so check-out is not usually needed. If you are teaching or presenting elsewhere and require an adaptor, check availability using this form. If you are unsure which display port(s) your device is equipped with, consult the guide to display ports on our classroom technology page.
To avoid switching between devices during class, we recommend showing documents and images from your laptop or tablet whenever possible.
Sometimes, document cameras are the best solution for showing materials (hand-written activites, fragile books, artifacts, etc.) during class time. The department has two kinds of document cameras for checkout: portable, folding document cameras that work with projectors on the first floor of Andrews Hall, and larger document cameras on rolling carts that work with the projectors in our basement classrooms.
Have a lot of print documents and books to display? The Copy Center is here to help! Our student workers can scan documents to PDF and send them to you ahead of time.
Playing CDs and DVDs
The most of our department laptops are equipped with DVD drives that will play both CDs and DVDs, but not blu-rays.* In most cases we will have you check out a laptop instead of a CD or DVD player.
*If you plan to show a blu-ray in class, please let us know ASAP as a blu-ray player may not be readily available.
The department has a single VCR player left in its inventory that works intermittently at best. We recommend having VHS tapes digitized by Libraries staff (if not copyrighted) or purchased in DVD, BluRay, or streaming format.