Equipment Loan Guide

Lending Guidelines

Borrowing Equipment:

  • Only current Williams faculty, staff, and students may borrow equipment.
  • You must present your Williams ID at the time of pick up.
  • After you place a request online, you will not receive an email confirmation. You can confirm your request by logging into your library account.
  • Equipment is checked out for three days at a time, and you are permitted two renewals.
  • Once a piece of equipment is one week overdue, a staff member will email you a reminder. If the overdue equipment is not returned within 48 hours of that time, it is considered lost. An item replacement fee will be sent to the bursar at that time.
  • All loan requests for over three days (during a break, for example) are long-term loans and must be sponsored by your professor.
  • Faculty/staff who wish to have another faculty/staff member pick up their equipment may email eqloaning@williams.edu at least three days in advance to make arrangements. Equipment will be checked out to the library account of the original person making the booking request; that same person will also assume responsibility for the care and safe return of that equipment.

Returning Equipment:

  • Equipment must be returned only to the Sawyer Library Circulation Desk.
  • Equipment must be returned at least one hour prior library closing on the loan return date.

Responsibilities:

  • The person who checked out the equipment assumes financial responsibility for lost or damaged equipment.
  • Violations of the loan policies could result in loss of borrowing privileges.
  • A $10.00 cleaning fee will be applied for equipment returned with schmutz on it.