UB Laptop Loan Program Retires December 2025

Two students look at a laptop.

UB's Laptop Loan program is ending. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Portrait photo of Michael Canfield

By Michael Canfield
IT Communication Specialist

Published June 17, 2024

In 2020, UBIT and UB Libraries joined forces to offer students several hundred laptops to borrow each semester, ensuring access to laptops as UB went fully remote. Since then, times have changed, resulting in the retirement of UB’s laptop loan program effective December 2025.

Survey says

According to the most recent UBIT Student IT Experience Surveys, nearly 90% of UB students now own their own laptop or device, and use of public computers around UB has greatly dropped. This data has led UBIT and UB Libraries to slowly phase out the laptop loan program.  

Options for students without laptops

Despite the retirement of the loaner program, UB is committed to supporting students who need access to technology. Here are some options:

  • UB student discounts: UB offers discounts on laptops from top brands such as Lenovo, Apple, and Dell. This can make purchasing a new device more affordable, which some options under $300.
  • Public computing sites: UB offers Windows and iMac computers in computing sites across campus, each equipped with standard software and located near printing and other tech resources. Notably, Silverman Library features UltraWide monitors, providing a convenient workspace for coursework and studying. Silverman’s iMac computers also offer access to Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop.  

Other resources are available, including financial aid adjustments and emergency funds.  

Don't forget: the UBIT Tech Squad is here to help

Want to keep your laptop healthy all semester? Here are three tips from UBIT Tech Squad to prevent issues. Tech Squad also offers free troubleshooting. Book an appointment online, and they’ll help diagnose and fix your laptop. Tech Squad will even come to you on North or South Campus.

UB Information Technology News keeps UB students, faculty, and staff informed about their IT services and showcases creative collaborations between UBIT and the campus community. Published by the Office of the Chief Information Officer at UB and distributed via email as The Monthly Download. Edited by Diana Tuorto, IT Communication and Engagement, dianatuo@buffalo.edu.