Laptop Kiosk = Laptop Lending – Thanks AUS!

A newly installed Laptop Kiosk is awaiting returning students this week in the McLennan-Redpath Library building lobby. A new service made possible by the AUS Undergraduate Improvement FundThe dispenser contains 12 laptops, available for loan to current students, faculty and staff for a period of one day.

Borrow a laptop today and it will be due by midnight of the next day.

The kiosk’s HP laptops have the following software loaded:

Windows 10

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Adobe Digital Editions

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Skype (the consumer version)


Microsoft Office is not installed. Users just need to log into McGill’s Office 365 service to use Office apps.

Check in or return a laptop directly back into the kiosk. Be sure to plug in the power cable, so the laptop will recharge for the next user. The kiosk will not loan a laptop until its battery is 90% charged or more.

We hope this new service is easy to use. Send us your comments!



Laptop Kiosk terms of use (the fine print):

  • Laptops borrowed from the kiosk are due the next day at midnight.
  • Overdue fines accrue at a rate of $0.02 per minute
  • Laptops overdue longer than one day will be considered “lost” and the borrower will be charged a replacement fee of $350 plus a processing fee of $50.
  • Broken equipment will also be subject to the same replacement and processing fees.
  • Charging cables are not included.
  • Borrowers agree to abide by all relevant Library policies.


Reclaiming Power and Place

McGill Library has just received print copies of Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

The report is “comprised of the truths of more than 2,380 family members, survivors of violence, experts and Knowledge Keepers shared over two years of cross-country public hearings and evidence gathering. It delivers 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians.”  (online version link)

Into the Garden

Into The Garden

Ah, spring! Time to get your hands dirty messing about in the garden. Or, just to read about gardens – no one’s judging!  Either way, we’ve got you covered. This month’s book display features books to inspire and advise in the actual hands-on garden (how about Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, or Practical Botany for Gardeners); books about gardening (perhaps Envisioning the Garden: Line, Scale, Distance, Form, Color, and Meaning); city farms (Farm City: The Education of a City Farmer, or how about The Vertical Farm); and urban sustainability (Agriculture in Urban Planning, or The Art of Building a Garden City).

Or maybe you want to let your mind wander the garden without getting your hands dirty. We’ve got all kinds of options for you! Gardens literary (The Quest for Shakespeare’s Garden, maybe, or Garden Plots: Canadian Women Writers and Their Literary Gardens); historical (Working the Garden: American Writers and the Industrialization of Agriculture, or On Other Grounds: Landscape Gardening and Nationalism in Eighteenth Century England and France); and biographical (The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World’s Greatest Garden or Vita Sackville-West’s Garden Book).

And there’s fiction and poetry, too! – we could go on and on! So drop by to borrow a book and then head out into the garden to read it.