Borrowing a Laptop, Chromebook, or Hotspot
September 6, 2022 Update: Currently all Laptops and Hotspots are checked out. We do not anticipate having new devices available for the foreseeable future and, as such, we have closed the application.
UWM has a very limited number of Dell laptops, Macbook Air, Google Chromebooks, made available by the UWM Libraries, and WiFi hotspots made available by private donors. Devices are available on a first-come, need basis. Students are required to return the computers and WiFi devices at the end of each semester for device updates. The UWM Help Desk (414-229-4040) will be able to provide tech support similar to what you would receive if you sought assistance for a personal computer.
*Please not that the Google Chromebooks from the Library are only a 7-day loan.
If you are interested in borrowing a device, please click on this link to fill out a UWM Technology Device application form, review the agreement and sign up for a day to pick up a device.
After you have signed the loan agreement, the Dean of Student office will add you to a device list, and the Library will contact you (likely by the next 1 business day) to provide instructions on how to pick up a device, or to let you know if devices are no longer available. We will make every effort to reduce physical contact when students pick up their laptops.
Fall 2022 Laptop and Wifi Device Rentals: Due December 23rd, 2022
Purchasing a laptop
If you would rather purchase an affordable device, UWM Surplus often has reasonably priced computers and laptops available for sale. Go to the Shop UWM Surplus Facebook page to view inventory or contact UWM Surplus by email or phone at 414-659-1391. Surplus is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. It is located in the University Services and Research Building north of North First St. and East Capital Drive.
Students can also shop online for a new computer from the UWM TechShop and have your purchase shipped to you.