Southern Minnesota Assistive Technology Center (SMATC) Loan Program

1. SMATC operates a open-ended loan program and a short term loan program for assistive technology devices. Items in the short-term loan program can be loaned for 30 days and includes the large majority of our devices. The open-ended loan program is offered on a select few items. For a list of the items on the open-ended loan program contact SMATC. Devices on the open-ended loan program can be borrowed for as long as the device is needed.

2. A loan agreement must be signed to borrow any device. The borrower must agree to the Tennessen Warning Notice to borrow any device.

3. Items valued at $100 or more require presenting, faxing, or email a scan of a valid government issued ID before the items are borrowed.

4. If an item is currently checked out, a person can be added to the waiting list for that device if they wish to.

5. Can borrow up to 4 devices at a time from our short-term loan program. Can borrow 1 item at a time from the open-ended loan program.

6. The person that signs the loan agreement must provide a current address and phone number where you can be reached.

7. The person that signs the loan agreement must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Minnesota.

8. The person that signs the loan agreement is solely responsible for the safe return of the device and all of the devices accessories back to SMATC/ABC.

9. The person that signs the loan agreement is financially responsible for the device if it is lost, stolen or damaged.

10. Borrower must immediately contact SMATC if the devices are broken, lost or stolen.

11. The borrower must make arrangements with SMATC staff if they wish to return the device in person. Returning devices to SMATC in-person is by appointment only.

12. The borrower may choose to return the device(s), by First Class US Mail, UPS or FedEx, insured for half the value of the devices borrowed at the borrower's expense.

13. Items from our short-term loan program can be borrowed for a maximum of 60 days. The borrower also realizes that if another person requests the device during that second 30-day timeframe, the borrower may have to return the device early.

14. At least 48 hours before the item is due, borrower must call or email SMATC and indicate they want to extend the loan if wishing to borrow the device beyond the initial 30 days.

Additional Kindle, iPod, iPad and Slate Guidelines

1. Due to the popularity of these devices, they can only be checked out for 30 days. No extensions and no exceptions.

2. Borrower agrees not to add apps, software, e-books, or music to the devices.

3. Borrower agrees not to connect to iTunes. iTunes will make an attempt to sync with the device.

4. The borrower may request SMATC add specific software to the iPad, iPod, Slate or Kindle if the software is free, appropriate, and does not conflict with any previously installed software. SMATC staff will use their discretion on whether software will be downloaded and installed. The request to add software must be made well in advance of receiving the device for loan.

5. SMATC will not purchase any software the borrower requests. All devices have software previously installed to give borrower sufficient opportunities to test out the device.

6. SMATC will not purchase any e-books the borrower requests. All devices have a variety of e-books available to read already installed for testing and demonstration purposes.

7. Borrower must immediately contact SMATC if the devices are broken, lost or stolen.

8. Borrower is responsible for the safe return of the devices. Borrower agrees to cover the cost of repairs, or to replace a lost or stolen item.

SMATC Loan Program

This project is funded through the STAR Program by the Rehabilitation Services Administration under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended in 2004 (P.L. 108-364). $47,000 of this project is financed with Federal Funds. Content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the STAR Program or the Minnesota Department of Administration or Rehabilitation Services Administration.

Minnesota STAR Program
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For more info contact:
Lydell Peterson