Equipment Borrowing

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Who can Borrow Equipment

Only faculty and staff can borrow faculty/staff laptops and iPads.

All other equipment can be borrowed by any student, faculty, or staff at any time, assuming it is available.

Guest borrowers and alumni may not borrow equipment.

Booking Equipment

All equipment at the Library (LCD projectors, camcorders, microphones, etc.) can be booked in advance by students, faculty, and staff. To book equipment online, fill out the Equipment Booking form.

To adjust or cancel a booking, please contact the Davis Family Library Circulation Desk at 443-5494 or Armstrong Circulation Desk at 443-5449 or email library_circulation@middlebury.edu.

Booked equipment must be picked up on the first day of the booking. The booking will be canceled the following day if it is not picked up, and the equipment made available to other borrowers.

Booked equipment must be picked up and checked out by the person for whom it is booked. A College ID is required. Please return equipment to the location from which it was checked out. For example, equipment that lives at the Davis Family Library cannot be returned at Armstrong Library.

Equipment You Can Borrow

A list from MIDCAT of all equipment available in the Library


Laptops for Students


Dell Latitude and MacBook Air laptops are available for 24-hour, in-house borrowing use at the Davis and Armstrong libraries. They cannot be reserved and they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Laptops may not be taken out of the building for any reason, nor can they be kept in carrels or lockers.


A replacement fee of $2,000 will be assessed to a borrower's College bill if a laptop is damaged, lost, stolen, or very overdue. The replacement fee for power adapters is $80-$100.


We strongly urge all library patrons to invest in a laptop cable to secure your laptop to your carrel. Laptop cables are sold at the Bookstore. Laptops should never be left unattended.


Wireless is available throughout the Davis Family Library and the Armstrong Library.

Long-term student loans

We have a small pool of Dell PC laptops that may be used for long-term loans of up to two weeks. If all of these are checked out, we will have no other long-term loan options.

Laptops for Faculty and Staff


Dell Latitude 7260 model laptops and MacBook Air laptops are available at the Davis Family and Armstrong Libraries for faculty and staff. The standard loan period is two weeks. Please book online, call x5494, or email the Circulation Desk to check availability and make a reservation.

Patrons must login at the circ desk at the point of check-out or on campus. This ensures a) that the computer is in working order and B) that the patron is able to login to the network and access wireless capabilities off campus.

Please note that all personal data and files will be deleted from laptops upon return and will not be recoverable. Please uninstall any software and delete all personal files before returning the laptop.

Dell laptops

The Dell Latitude E7260 model laptop case includes 4 items: laptop, mouse, Ethernet cord, power charger.

MacBook Air laptops

The MacBook Air laptop case includes 6 items: laptop, mouse, power charger, HDMI dongle, Ethernet/USB adapter, Ethernet cable.

Samsung Galaxy Players

The Galaxy Player 3.6 carries a 3.65" LCD TFT (with a resolution of 480×320) instead of the AMOLED which is used by Samsung in most of its phones. The internal storage is flash 8 GB that can be expanded via a microSD card. The CPU is a single core 1 GHz based on ARM Cortex-A8 based CPU core (Omap3630). It has a removal battery, headset, speakers.

The player has a 2.0 MP rear-facing camera on the back, GPS location services, and an accelerometer.

The Galaxy is wireless; it supports Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) as well as Bluetooth 3.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, OPP, PBAP). Players are available at Armstrong Library only.

Camcorders and Tripods

Camcorders are available for a three-day loan period and they may be reserved in advance through the Circulation Desk.

Tripods are available for a one-day loan period and can be reserved in advance through the Circulation Desk.

These are the Media Services video recording equipment recommendations.

Flash HD Handheld Camcorders include specific accessories according to the camcorder model. Video is recorded onto the camera's built-in memory, or your personal memory card (memory cards are not included with all camcorder models).

Flash Memory Camcorder: Canon Model FS200 models have memory cards included. Play back video onto your computer, edit footage and burn onto a DVD. Quick-charge battery enables 10 minutes charging for 20 minutes shooting, 20 minute-charge gives 60 minutes video shooting. Canon Vixia HF R300 models, Canon FS 11 models and Canon Vixia HF R42 models are available for loan.

High Definition Camcorder: Canon XA10 Flash Memory professional camcorder features AVCHD codec (Advanced Video Coding High Definition). 10x HD zoom lens (ideal for mobile shooting), infrared recording (low light or night). Capacity for 24 hours recording video to a 64GB internal flash drive or to 2 SDXC-compatible memory slots.

User Manual

Canon FS11 Flash user manual


Borrowers are responsible for various replacement charges up to $2,000., depending upon the model, for theft, loss, or damage to a camcorder.

Digital Cameras

Digital cameras are available for a three-day loan period and can be reserved in advance through the Circulation Desk.

Canon Power Shot ELPH 100 Features:

~ 28mm wide-angle 4x optical zoom lens with lens-shift type image stabilizer
~ Smart Shutter, with Face, Smile and Wink Self-Timer
~ High-speed Burst mode, capturing approx. 8.2 frames per second
~ Handheld Night Scene and Best Image Selection mode
~ Movie Digest Mode records a short video clip right before shooting a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into one video.
User Manual

Canon Power Shot User Manual


Borrowers are responsible for a replacement charge of $300 for theft, loss, or damage to the Power Shot ELPH digital camera.

Canon digital EOS Rebel T3i and T5i kits.


Borrowers are responsible for a replacement charge of $2,000 for theft, loss or damage to the Rebel T3i or T5i models.

LCD Projectors

LCD projectors are available for a one-day loan at the Davis Family and Armstrong Libraries and can be reserved in advance.

Projectors include a computer cable and power cord. Specific projectors have HDMI cables. Extension cords are also available for a one-day loan.

VGA adapters are available to connect a Mac laptop to a projector.


Borrowers are responsible for a replacement charge of $2,500 for theft, loss, or damage to the projector


iPads and iPad Minis are available at the Davis Family Library for a 14-day loan period by faculty/staff. The iPad case includes: USB cord, power adapter/charger and guide.

Borrowers are responsible for a replacement charge of $600 for theft, loss or damage.

External Hard Drives (Mac only)

External Hard Drives (also known as Firewire Drives) are available at the Davis Family Library for a seven-day loan period. 

Drives include 2 firewire cables, USB cable, AC adapter and power cord.


Borrowers are responsible for a replacement charge of $300 for theft, loss, or damage to the external hard drive

Audio and recording equipment

The Library has a variety of equipment available for audio and recording projects.

These are the Media Services audio recording equipment recommendations.

Zoom Recorders. Portable with 2 items; recorder and a USB cable. Comes inside a case. Easy to use, great audio quality. Seven-day loan period.

Digital Voice Recorders: Small and portable, these can be used to record a lecture, meeting, or interview; then simply plug it into a USB port on a computer to download or upload files. They have a seven-day loan period.

User Manual

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-110 user manual

Computer speakers: Plug into a PC, laptop, or iPod.

Bluetooth wireless speakers. Includes USB cord, audio cable, guide.

Cassette recorders (hand-held and desktop): Yes, these still exist!

USB Microphones.

Shotgun Microphones.

Wireless Microphone. Sony with 2 mic units and cables.

 Music Keyboards: LPK25 Mini

Keyboard players who want to work with software on their computer will find that the LPK25 gives their laptop the keys they need to express themselves anywhere. The LPK25 laptop performance keyboard is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. The LPDK25 works plug and play with Mac and PC and requires no software driver installation. Includes four memory banks for programming. Recalls settings appropriate to software programs.  measures less than 13 inches across and weighs under a pound.

Lighting Kit

Lighting Kit - Kit with 2 x iLED312-SB Spot/bi-color lights. 18 parts to kit.

Equipment User Agreement

By borrowing Middlebury College equipment, I agree to sole responsibility for the following:
At check-out, confirm the length of the loan period, and that all equipment accessories are accounted for

  • Return of equipment by the due date/time
  • Return of equipment directly to the library it was borrowed from
  • Return of equipment directly to a staff member at the Circulation Desk
  • Replacement or repair of damaged, lost, or stolen equipment
  • Return of equipment with all accessories accounted for
  • Loss of equipment borrowing privileges
  • Responsible use of equipment

Please note:

  • All personal files, images, and software will be deleted upon return and will not be recoverable
  • Faculty/staff laptops require log-on while on campus prior to off campus use

The Libraries and Middlebury College disclaim all warranties, including all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Neither the Libraries nor Middlebury College shall be liable to a user or any other person for any loss or damage of any kind related to configuration and operation of any equipment, including but not limited to, out-of-pocket expenses, consequential damages, inconvenience, loss of data, loss of profits, loss of use, emotional stress, physical injury, or damage to software or hardware. 

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