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IS&T maintains a limited pool of approximately 70 student loaner laptops that may be requested by students for academic work in cases where they do not own a personal laptop. Laptops must be returned promptly at the end of each academic semester.

Available To 
Students, Faculty

Benefits and key features

The Laptop Loaner Program supplements significant personal ownership of laptops among MIT students with limited central resources to ensure that all current MIT students have the resources required to do their academic work.

Package contents:

  • Windows 7 Enterprise x64
  • Adobe Reader 
  • Chrome
  • Cisco AnyConnect VPN 
  • FireFox ESR 
  • Identity Finder Identity Finder  
  • MS Office Pro Plus 
  • MIT CA 
  • Secure CRT/Secure FX   
  • Sophos Anti-Virus 

Students with loaner laptops are able to install software on the machine just as they would on their personal laptop. We do not create custom software images for individual needs or to support specific classes.


The Laptop Loaner Program is intended specifically for:

  • Currently enrolled MIT students who do not own a laptop, and need one for specific short-term academic work
  • Currently enrolled MIT students who own a laptop that does not meet a specific academic need, which could be met by a model in the loaner pool

Note: These are guidelines articulating the intent and priorities of the Laptop Loaner Program. We may still be able to accomodate your request even if you do not meet the intended applicant group criteria. If equipment is available after all other priorities have been met and there is no chance of interfering with upcoming requests, you may qualify.

Getting started

Any currently-enrolled MIT student can request a laptop from the Laptop Loaner Program. Each qualifying student can borrow one laptop at a time. Once a request has been approved, you will need to present a valid MIT ID when picking up the laptop. Laptop loans are tracked via student MIT ID numbers. If you anticipate the need for a loaner laptop, request one as close to beginning of the semester as possible.

Student responsibilities

Students are expected to take good care of the laptop and observe best practices related to the physical and network security and protection of the equipment. Laptop will be returned to the program in a timely fashion and in good condition before the lending period is over. Students are not responsible for normal wear and tear or hardware failure.

Students are responsible for:

  • Significant accidental damage to the equipment
  • Lost or stolen equipment in cases where theft was preventable (police report required)
  • Other damage due to misuse or carelessness
  • Removing personal data from the laptop before it is returned. The laptop will be re-imaged upon its return and any data will be irretrievable wiped. No accommodation can be made for recovering personal or academic data left behind on the laptop once it has been returned.

If equipment requires repair or replacement for any of the above reasons, the student's Bursar's Account will automatically be billed for actual repair costs or a replacement fee of $1000, whichever is lower.

Equipment will be reported as stolen to MIT Police if it is not returned by the end of the lending period, unless special arrangements are made. Students are responsible for initiating contact before the lending period ends and making acceptable special arrangements for the laptop's return, if it cannot be returned by the return date.

Lending periods
You must let us know how you long you will require the loaner laptop. If you need a laptop for multiple semesters, you must return it at the end of each semester and check it out again. Include any special scheduling issues in your request. When in doubt, notify us early of any delays or issues with returning a laptop on time.

  • Semester: One academic semester at a time. Laptops are due on the last day of Finals Week at the end of the semester during which they were checked out.
  • Fall/Spring: Laptops checked out between fall and spring semester are due at least one week before start of classes.

Faculty information

Faculty anticipating a need for a certain number of their students to obtain loaner laptops through the program may request a "special hold" on a certain number of machines before the beginning of the academic term. We will attempt to set aside a sufficient number of laptops for a limited period of time. Laptops will remain "on hold" for students until they have all been checked out or until the end of the second week of classes, whichever comes first. Students enrolled in the class are responsible for individually requesting and checking out their laptops.

These special requests will be prioritized below those aligned with the intended use of the program, but before any similar requests without faculty sponsorship. An MIT account number is required. Replacement or repair fees are the responsibility of the sponsoring MIT department in cases where laptops are requests for non-MIT students, and will automatically be billed to the provided account number.