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Computing

Connect from Home to QC Resources

The Proxy Service allows QC users to login to the Library's website to access all QC resources (e-books, databases, e-journals, courses reserves, etc.) from off-campus.

1. Activate QC ID Card

Visit Rosenthal Library and activate your ID card at the Borrowing desk. The proxy will only be able to authenticate you if your ID has been activated. If you've ever checked out a book from the Library, you have already completed this step.

2. Access Library Resources

When you click on a database or another library resource, you will be redirected to a form where you can fill in your library barcode. Once you have logged in with your barcode, you will be redirected to the resource.

If you have any problems with the proxy, please contact QC_ask_circ@qc.cuny.edu.

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Services to Students with Disabilities

The Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, completed in 1988, is an architecturally barrier-free facility: rampways, quad handled doors, and one punch-pad door promote easy access to the building. Elevators to all levels and wide main aisles give access to all six floors. Wheelchair accessible photocopiers, rest rooms, water fountains, and telephones further facilitate full use of the building for all patrons.

The library provides eight (8) wheelchair-accessible workstations in the Library Computer Commons on Level 2. Where needed, materials may be paged from the main floor Borrowing desk. The Queens College Libraries cooperate closely with the campus Office of Special Services for Students with Disabilities. Individual tours can be arranged for students registered with this Office.

For more information contact A. B. Chitty, Library Systems Officer, at 718-997-3734 or Syed Hasan, Disabled Student Services, at 718-997-5708.

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Library Laptops for Loan to QC Students

Rosenthal Library has purchased laptop computers with funds made available through the CUNY/QC student technology fee. These laptops are equipped with wireless network cards for use wherever the campus wireless network exists. Wireless is available throughout the Library and much of campus.

The laptops have Microsoft Windows™ and the Microsoft Office™ Professional Suite of programs. QC students can use the laptops for word processing and other MS Office functions, accessing Library databases, and accessing the Internet. Accessing Library databases or the Internet require a QC computer account. The laptops may be charged out at the Media desk on Level 1 of Rosenthal Library.

Only currently enrolled students with no holds on their library records are allowed to charge out a laptop. Laptop loan policies are available at the Level 1 Media desk.

Who May Borrow

Queens College students, with a currently validated QC ID and a library barcode, may borrow laptops if there are no outstanding fines or overdue books on your record.

Laptops can be borrowed from the Multimedia Commons Service Desk on Level 1 for use inside and outside Rosenthal Library.

At the time the laptop is checked out you will be asked to complete and sign a Loan Liability Agreement accepting responsibility for loss or damage to the computer and the constituent parts while the laptop is charged out to you. Please allow at least ten minutes to check out the computer and sign the agreement. At the time of checkout, the laptop will be turned on so that you can see it is issued to you in good working condition.

Loan Periods

  • Laptops are available to Queens College undergraduate and graduate students only.
  • Laptops can be borrowed for a five-hour period.
  • A sub-set of these wireless laptops are available for a twenty-one day loan period to the graduate level students only.
  • Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Only one laptop will be charged out per user.
  • Laptops will not be renewed if there are no other laptops available for loan at the time. Because there is a multiple hour battery recharging time, laptops may be on hand but not available for loan.
  • It is not possible to reserve a laptop for a specific time.
  • All laptops are due back one hour before the Multimedia Commons Service Desk closes.
  • The last check out time for a laptop is one and one half hours (1½ hrs) before the Multimedia Service Desk closes. This is a half-hour loan.
  • Click here for library hours.

Returns

All laptops must be returned in person to a Service Desk staff member on Level 1. Do not put laptops in the bookdrop. Do not leave them on the Level 1 Service Desk or at any other library service desk.

At the time of check-in a Library staff member inventory all the physical components (external drives, battery, mouse, etc.). You will be notified if there are any problems with a laptop you return.

Be sure to save your work to your floppy/CD and remove your floppy disk/CD before returning the laptop. All documents or files saved on the hard drive of the laptop will be erased when the laptop is returned.

Overdue fines and replacement/damage fees

  • Overdue fines are ($30.00) per hour or any portion of an hour.
  • Borrower is responsible for the replacement costs of the laptop if it is lost or stolen. The replacement cost as of Summer 2004 is $1455.
  • Borrower is responsible for all repair costs if the laptop or its components are damaged or made inoperable while the laptop is checked out to the borrower.

Security

  • Do not leave the laptop unattended. You are responsible for the loss, theft and/or damage of the laptop while it is checked out to you.
  • Laptops have BRL/QC identification numbers on them and have been listed with the 107th Precinct, NYPD.
  • You will be given a copy of your dated loan agreement. You must show it to a Security Guard when you leave the Library. Otherwise, you will be detained.
For questions about Laptops for Loan services contact:

Mr. David Reyes
Multimedia Commons

For more information about Computing contact:

Mr. Ben Chitty
Library Systems Officer

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