Borrow laptops, iPads and more

Equipment is available for check out at the Poly Connect service desk (Library, 1st floor.) All items are available first come, first served – sorry, no reservations. You may place a hold on 3-day iPads if all are checked out.

There is no charge to check out equipment, all you need is your PolyCard! See what’s available at All Items Available  below.

You may be charged a fee if items are not returned on time or returned damaged. Please see Serious Stuff below for details.

iPad information
Kennedy Library has 60 iPads available for checkout at the PolyConnect service desk. We now have two iPad flavors: 3-day and 3-hour. Yum!

3-day iPads come pre-loaded with lots of apps – some for school and some for fun. You can place a hold on the next available 3-day iPad through PolyCat, just like a book. Search for “iPad 3 day” and click “Request.” You will receive an email when your 3-day iPad is ready to pick up.

Check 3-day iPad availability

3-hour iPads are perfect for checking email or web browsing between classes. In addition to the standard Apple apps the 3-hour iPads have Facebook, Dropbox, Netflix and the Cal Poly app. These iPads are available on a first come, first served basis.

Check 3-hour iPad availability

iPad basics

All kinds of iPad help can be found at the Center for Teaching, Leaning & Technology  iPad Support page.

Get Connected to get started

When the iPad is connected to a Wi-Fi network, the Wi-Fi icon in the status bar at the top of the screen shows the connection strength. The more bars you see, the better the connection.
If not connected, click on Settings, then Wi-Fi. If on campus select Mustang Wireless. Log in to Cisco Clean Access and wait for the Wi-Fi icon. If it doesn’t appear, click Wi-Fi “off” then “on” and login screen should appear.


Browsing the internet

Use Safari to browse the Internet.


Connect to your email

Return to Settings, then “Mail, Contacts, Calendars, ” then “Add Account …” and select an email type. To connect to your Cal Poly email, select “Microsoft Exchange.” When prompted for “Server” use “”
The easiest way to get files and documents off of the iPad is by using your email. Look for the email icon to send self-created content.


What’s in the bag

The cover for the iPad doubles as a stand.
Use the USB cable to connect to your computer to access your iTunes account.
Use the USB cable to connect to the power adapter for re-charging.
The video adapter connects the iPad to a projector or monitor with a VGA connection.
Use the stylus instead of your finger to take notes, draw, type, move the screen, etc.


Accessing your iTunes account

Connect the iPad to your computer and access your iTunes account to download apps and access your music, photos, etc. Use File Sharing via iTunes to move content on and off the iPad.
» See more from Apple.

A couple o’ caveats

  • Syncing the iPad to your personal iTunes account may disable Kennedy Library’s installed apps. Don’t worry — we’ll reinstall them when you return it.
  • Before you return the iPad, make sure you log out of all websites and accounts.
  • After the iPad has been returned, any account information, content or apps you leave on the iPad will be erased by Library staff.

More help

For more help see the iPad Users Guide in the iBooks Library or visit Apple’s support pages.

Checkout policies

Use of  Library iPads is subject to:

Late fees and replacement costs are listed on the laminated tag attached to the iPad cover.

List of preloaded apps on 3-day iPads

app_bambooBamboo Paper Notebook
Enjoy the ease of your own natural handwriting as you sketch your thoughts.

Experience search that is truly designed for the iPad.

app_bluefirereaderBluefire Reader

Bluefire Reader is the best way to read protected eBooks on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

cal-poly-app-iconCal Poly App
The official Cal Poly Mobile app!

Browse fast with Chrome.
Delivers trusted reference content from and
Dragon Dictation
Dragon Dictation is a voice recognition app that turns your spoken words into text.
Dropbox is a free cloud service that lets you store and share your files.
Evernote helps you remember anything – notes, ideas, snapshots, recordings.
An app that needs no introduction.
With a tap, your iPad 2 calls someone else’s Apple Wi-Fi device.
Free Books
23,469 classic books available for download.
GarageBand gives you all the tools you need to lay down fresh tracks and record music.
google-drive-logoGoogle Drive
Google Drive is one safe place for all your stuff.
Google Earth
Hold the world in the palm of your hand and you can fly to far corners of the planet.
Idea Sketch
Draw a diagram, concept map or flow chart and convert it to a text outline.
A simple way to capture and share your moments.
The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad giving users the ability to read Kindle books.
Netflix allows you to instantly watch TV shows & movies from your Netflix Instant Queue.
An app for handwritten notes, sketching, mind mapping, and more.
New York Times
New York Times top stories from the top news source. Find it in Newsstand.
Experience NPR in magazine style with a focus on News, Arts & Life, and Music content.
Paper by FiftyThree
Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams or notes and share them.
Pandora Radio
Start with a favorite artist or song and Pandora creates a “station” that plays more music like it.
PCalc Lite
PCalc Lite is a fully functional and free taste of the popular scientific calculator.
Photo Booth
Turn the camera on yourself with Photo Booth. Make some faces, and start shooting.
Photoshop Express
Photoshop Express software uses simple gestures to quickly edit and share photos.
Find your inspiration and share it with others.
QuickGraph logoQuick Graph
It is a powerful, high quality, graphic calculator.
This app from Google lets you create and edit Microsoft® Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Shazam identifies what song is playing so you can sing along and share it.
Call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free.
Spotify gives you instant access to millions of songs
Trailers puts the newest movie previews in your hands.
Instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities and more.
Accessing Wikipedia is easier and faster with easy search, navigation and display.
All available items
Equipment Type Checkout Time Online Renewals Late Fee Replacement Cost*
Asisstive Headset 3 Days One 2-day $10 per day $75
Asisstive Keyboard 3 Days One 2-day $10 per day $75
Assistive Laptop 3 Days One 2-day $10 per day $1,800
Audio Recorder 3 Days One 2-day $10 per day $75
Calculator-Graphing 3 Hours No $1 per hour $120
Calculator-Scientific 3 Hours No $1 per hour $20
Desk Lamp 3 Hours No $1 per hour $20
Displayport to VGA & HDMI Adapter 3 Hours No $1 per hour $30
DSLR Camera 3 Days No $10 per day $1,500.00
GoPro Camera 3 Days No $10 per day $800.00
HDMI to Displayport Adapter 3 Hours No $1 per hour $30
Headphones 3 Hours No $1 per hour $30
iPad 3-Day 3 Days No $10 per day $830
iPad 3-Hour 3 Hours No $5 per hour $700
Mac Laptop Power Cord 3 Hours No $1 per hour $120
MacBook Pro Laptop 3 Hours No $5 per hour $1,600.00
Marker Kit 3 Hours No $1 per hour $20
Mouse 3 Hours No $1 per hour $20
PC Laptop 3 Hours No $5 per hour $1,800
PC Laptop Power Cord 3 Hours No $1 per hour $50
Scanner 3 Days One 2-day $10 per day $90
Tripod 3 Days One 2-day $10 per day $100

*Replacement costs are subject to change

The serious stuff
  • You are financially responsible for damaged or lost items and parts. Normal wear and tear is okay.
  • A hold can be placed on your academic record and registration if replacement fees are not paid.
  • Don’t be late! There is a late fee of $10 per day for AV items, and $5 per hour for laptops ($10 in fines will suspend your library privileges until paid.) All cables and accessories must be returned to avoid late charges.
  • You must have a PolyCard to check out equipment.
  • Please check the laptop software page to see a list of all the software installed on each laptop.
  • Checkout for 3-hour items ends approximately 3 ½ hours prior to the closing of the Poly Connect desk. Because closing times vary during the quarter, please call 805-756-6546 to verify today’s hours.

Enjoy and please treat our equipment with the respect it deserves so that it continues to function well for the next student to use it. Also, please give us your feedback — we like that!


As with anything you check out from Kennedy Library, you can manage your account online from PolyCAT. You’ll need your PolyCard number to log in.