Group Study Areas

SMALL GROUP RESEARCH AREAS

The Library has ten partitioned areas for students to meet in groups and work with reversible chalkboards/white boards.   These areas have priority to study groups of TWO or more and are available at a first come, first serve basis. 

students reading books

Back to the top

Quiet Study Area

The Library now provides a strictly quiet study area in Rooms 107A and B.   There are a number of desk spaces that also include a number of outlets for laptops or pads.  This area requires no sign up.  Like all other areas in the Library, food or drink is not allowed.  At times, this space may not be available due to a library class or event.

Back to the top

Student Computing Lab

Chabot College Library is home to a student computing lab in the Mezzanine (the second floor of the library). Currently enrolled Chabot and Las Positas students have access to 107 PC computers and one MAC computer with two connected to a scanner.   One of the computers is ADA compliant and specially equipped for students with disabilities (includes Kurzweil and Jaws.  Note: More are available in the Disabled Students Resource Center (DSRC)).  All you need is your W ID to log in. All computers are equipped with Microsoft Office 2013. To get directions on printing in the library, visit theHow Do I Print Page.

CURRENT SOFTWARE (ON ALL MACHINES)

  • Microsoft Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Lync, Visio)
  • Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera browsers
  • Adobe Reader XI
  • Mircrocase Student Explorit
  • Itunes
  • Most Common Browser Plug-ins (Quicktime, Java, Adobe Flash Player, Active X, Adobe Shockwave, and Silverlight)

LAB RULES:

  • Internet chats, messengers, games, and usenet are prohibited.
  • Changing any setting on any machine is prohibited.
  • Food and drink are not allowed.
  • Downloading any software is prohibited, whether it be from your disk or from the Web.
  • Printing is ten cents per page.
  • Any conversations in this study area should be kept to a minimum.
  • NO CELL PHONE USE ALLOWED
  • No other ID other than a CURRENT Chabot/Las Positas College ID will be accepted.
  • Computers are designated for academic use only.
  • Lab assistants can not repair hardware/software issues.

Back to the top

Laptops, Ipads, MacBooks, Cameras & Voice Recorders

Policy:

The Chabot College Library is pleased to offer HP laptop computers and Apple MacBooks with wireless network connection, Apple Ipads, digital voice recorders, pocket projectors, telescopes, and digital cameras and camcorders for use by currently enrolled students. Laptops are configured with the same functionality as the other networked Library computers in the Computer Lab. You may search the Internet, type your papers, create presentations and Excel charts. You will not be able to print from these laptops.

Eligible borrowers:

Currently enrolled students of Chabot College may borrow available equipment by presenting a Chabot College picture ID. We regret that we cannot lend equipment to administrators, faculty, staff, visitors, or members of the community.

Borrower’s Responsibilities:

Students will be asked to read and sign the Chabot College Library Loaner Equipment Policy the first time they check out equipment and each semester thereafter.

Students must sign a Borrower’s Liability Agreement each time they check out a laptop. The student borrower is responsible for the proper use and safe return of the equipment and all peripheral devices. Student users must be able to use the installed applications. The Library staff cannot offer software and hardware support.

Location:

Loaner equipment that has a checkout limit of 4 hours may be used on the Chabot College Campus only.  Those with 3 day checkout can be used off-campus.

Use of Laptop Computers:

  • Students are responsible for the safe return of the equipment and associated peripherals to the Circulation or Audio-Visual Desk. If you do not return the equipment, your ability to borrow library materials is blocked immediately, fees will be assessed and a hold will be placed on your Chabot College records.
  • Do not leave equipment unattended at any time. Unattended equipment found will be returned to the Circulation Desk by library staff and it will be noted in the student’s circulation record. If this occurs a second time - the student will lose equipment borrowing privileges for the semester.
  • Students are responsible for the full replacement cost of the equipment, or any peripherals damaged or made inoperable in any way including loss, spilled food and/or drink while it is checked out to the student.
  • All user files will be removed from the equipment’s hard disk after each use. Anything you save to the hard drive will be lost. The library is not responsible for deleted files. Save your files often to removable media (we recommend using a USB flash drive).
  • Printing and Saving: Printing is not available on the laptop computers. You must save files to a USB drive, CD, DVD, or email them to yourself. You may then open the file to print on one of the student-access desktop computers.
  • Audio files must be played only when using headphones.
  • Network Connection: The laptops have access to the Internet, Library resources, and email through a wireless network connection.  They can be used anywhere that wireless is available on the Chabot Campus.
  • Power: The laptops have battery power. However, an AC adapter will be provided in case the laptop battery is not fully charged. Electrical outlets are available throughout the Campus.
  • Students are responsible for any violations of the Chabot College Library Computer Use Policy and the Chabot College Computer Center Policies and Guidelines and all other applicable Chabot policies, State or Federal laws or contractual agreements.

Check Out:

  • Equipment is checked out at the Audio-Visual Desk. Failure to return the equipment or pay for damages or fines will result in a loss of borrowing privileges and a block on your records.
  • Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and there are no reservations.
  • Eligible students must present a valid Chabot College Photo ID at the Audio-Visual Desk, as well as read and sign the Borrower’s Liability Agreement the first time they check out equipment and each semester thereafter, and sign the Library Loaner Equipment Contract about the student’s responsibilities and potential liabilities each time the laptop computer is checked out. Only one piece of equipment may be borrowed per person.
  • Loan duration is either 3 day checkout or for four hour checkout, the latter which is expected to stay ON CAMPUS.  Loaner equipment CANNOT be renewed. There is a 24 hour waiting period after checkin.

Check In:

  • Users must return the equipment to the Audio-Visual or Circulation Desk staff. Laptops should not be left on the unattended Circulation counter.
  • Equipment must be returned no later than one-half (1/2) hour before closing regardless of time charged out. Late fees ($10) will be charged if laptops are returned later than one-half hour before closing.
  • The student is responsible for the safe return of the equipment and associated peripherals to the Circulation or Audio-Visual Desk.
  • The personnel on duty will check to see that the equipment and peripheral devices are returned intact. This will take approximately 10 minutes. It is highly recommended that students wait while the equipment is examined and they should plan for this delay.

Fines and fees:

  • Late fees of $10 per hour are assessed for ON CAMPUS (4 hour checkout) overdue equipment and/or peripherals.  3 day checkout materials are charged $25 per day.
  • Fees for damaged laptop equipment will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. IT Department personnel will establish the cost of repair that will be passed on to the student at fault.
  • A replacement cost of $1,300 will be charged to any student who fails to return a HP laptop and $1,150.00 per MacBook computer (damaged, lost, or stolen). Fees for damaged or lost components: $69 for batteries; $39 for AC Power adapter; $35.00 for Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter; $59 laptop carrying case; internal components based on cost of replacement.
  • A replacement cost of $550.00 will be charged to any student who fails to return an IPad. Fees for damaged or lost components: $30.00 for Apple Dock Connector to VGA Adapter and $30.00 for power cord.
  • A replacement cost of $550.00 will be charged to any student who fails to return the GoPro Hero 3 Camera/Camcorder. Fees for damaged or lost components: $35.00 Scandisk Ultra 32GB MicroSD Class 10 Memory Card; $55.00 GoPro Lithium Ion Battery Pack; $45.00 Dynex 60” Tripod; pricing for other peripheral devices will be determined.
  • A replacement cost of $1,000 will be charged to any student who fails to return the Sony-Handycam Digital Camcorder/Full HD/Touchscreen. Fees for damaged or lost components: $35.00 Scandisk Ultra 32GB MicroSD Class 10 Memory Card; $45.00 Dynex 60” Tripod.
  • A replacement cost of $130.00 will be charged to any student who fails to return the Sony Digital Voice Recorder. Fees for damaged or lost components: $45.00 Olympus Bundle ME-15 Tie-Clip Microphone and headphone.
  • A replacement cost of $300.00 will be charged to any student who fails to return the 3MPro 150 Pocket Projector.
  • A replacement cost of $99.00 will be charged to any student who fails to return the Sony Cyber Shot Digital Camera. Fees for lost carrying case will be $18.00 and $11.00 for the 16GB memory card.
  • A replacement cost of $345.00 will be charged to any student who fails to return the Astroscan Telescope. Fees for lost tripod $79.99, Astroscan tote bag $39.95, and 2.5 Barrow Lens $59.95.
  • A replacement cost of $499.00 will be charged to any student who fails to return the Nikon FM10 Camera.
  • A replacement cost of $419.00 will be charged to any student who fails to return the P300 Pico Projector.

Back to the top

Audio/Visual Center

In the Mezzanine you will find the Chabot Library Audio/Visual Center where you can browse an extensive CD and DVD collection. Equipment to view/listen to our audio/visual materials are also available in the Mezzanine. The Audio/Visual Center is also equipped with electrical outlets for laptops.   Laptops and various devices are also available for checkout.

You can contact the Audio/Visual Center at (510) 723-6766.

Back to the top