Self-service laptop loan lockers and how the demand for them is increasing
A university survey produced in 2016 by LapSafe® showed that 44% of UK universities had automated their manual laptop loan service or introduced the new service into their libraries. Of these, a whopping 87% had chosen to do so by using LapSafe®’s self-service device loan lockers. This figure has continued to increase year on year.
An updated survey carried out earlier this year (2021) saw this figure rise to 67% now offering their students the ability to borrow a device from self-service lockers, and that 94% do so by using the LapSafe® solution.
So, why do universities find this type of service so popular? The survey revealed:
What’s make LapSafe®’s self-service lockers so special?
LapSafe®’s self-service lockers are the most sophisticated and intelligent self-service lockers available on the market and are the most popular lockers within education. The lockers can loan a device or multiple items at any time of day.
Devices such as laptops, Chromebooks and tablets can be fully charged and then automatically loaned to borrowers without staff interaction.
LapSafe® lockers always loan the best charged device and charge all devices simultaneously in the fastest possible time. Each locker bay can be networked to allow IT technicians to automatically update devices from remote locations.
The lockers can be integrated with the universities library management system or work standalone loaning devices similar to that of a library book. The lockers are intuitive, so little or no training is required to use them.
What the most popular device loaned?
The survey also revealed that most popular device being loaned to students from the lockers is still the laptop, with only 4% loaning tablets and 2% loaning Chromebooks.
Some universities offer students the ability to charge and store their own device supporting BYOD (bring your own device). The lockers can be configured to accommodate both.
What is the most popular loan time?
Four/six hours is the most popular loan period, closely followed by short term between one to three hours. Around 13% offer students a longer loan period of around seven-plus hours.
Average loans per month?
Prior to the Covid pandemic an average of 12,000 loans were carried out each month across our customer sites and we now have over 650 installations worldwide.
Are these lockers just for use in the libraries?
Most universities deploy self-service within their library or resource areas, however over the last few years they are expanding this service to other faculties around the campus.
During the pandemic, LapSafe® introduced several ways that universities could make loaning the devices safer for students when they returned. The lockers now offer the ability to hold back devices to allow for cleaning or for bacteria and viruses to naturally die before loaning them out again. All lockers are now manufactured using anti-microbial paint to offer protection from the spread of bacteria or viruses.
In addition to the above, LapSafe® has launched a UV-C sanitise station that can be used in addition to the lockers themselves or used standalone. The sanitise station can sanitise a laptop in under 15 seconds!
Download LapSafe’s infographic to see all survey results.