Laptop Check-Out Policy

The Legal Research Center has Apple and Dell laptops available for check-out by USD students only.  The loan period, shown in the chart, may be extended once for an additional 4 hours if no other patron is waiting to use a laptop. Patrons must come to the circulation desk with the laptop to request an extension. Patrons must check out, and are responsible for, a carrying case and a power cord with each laptop. Laptops may not be taken off campus nor may they be checked out overnight. Laptops will be due 1 hour before closing.

To avoid fines, items checked out must be renewed or returned in good condition by the borrower on or before the due date and time. Failure to comply will result in the following fines:

Item Loan Period Number of Extensions Overdue Charge per Hour Service
Default Replacement Cost
Laptops 5 hrs 1 $20.00 $200.00 $1,800.00
Accessories 4 hrs 1
Adaptor $80.00
Case $30.00
  • If the laptop and accessories are not returned when due, an overdue notice is sent to the borrower's USD email* address. It notifies the borrower that late fees have been assessed.
  • If the items are still not returned, a second overdue notice is sent. It warns that the borrower will be billed for replacing the item if it is not returned within 24 hours.
  • The final notice is a billing notice for the replacement cost of the item. All borrowing privileges are suspended until the charges are resolved. If the borrower does not respond to the billing notice within 1 week after the item was due, the charges will be submitted to the student accounts office.

Borrowers who do not return laptops and/or accessories to the LRC will be billed at least the default replacement cost listed in the table above. If replacement of the item costs more than the default amount, the borrower will be billed the full replacement cost. If the item is returned to the LRC in good condition after payment is made, the borrower will be refunded 85% of the amount paid.

Fine Appeals Policy: Charges may be appealed in writing or by email within 30 days from the date of the billing notice. We will review the appeal, and inform you of our decision by email to your USD email address.

The following conditions are NOT valid reasons for appealing a fine:

  • The first overdue, second overdue, or billing notice was not received.
  • You returned the material to another location.
  • You are opposed to the LRC fines policy.
  • You have purchased a replacement item (The LRC cannot accept replacements purchased by individuals).

Address the appeal letter to:

Judith Lihosit, Associate Director & Head of Public Services
Legal Research Center
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Email your fine appeal to the associate director.

*All LRC correspondence is sent to your University of San Diego email address []. The LRC is not responsible for mail not received or sent to an old address. You are responsible for checking your university email and notifying the LRC circulation department (619-260-4542 or of any discrepancies.


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Pardee Legal Research Center
Main: (619) 260-4542
Reference: (619) 260-4612
Fax: (619) 260-4616

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