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Borrow the Kindle Fire eBook Reader!

The Humboldt State University Library now offers Amazon Kindle Fire tablet computers for checkout to Humboldt State students, faculty and staff. The Kindles come with carrying cases, power adapters, and a preloaded selection of ebook titles purchased from Amazon.com. Read more about the Library's Kindle initiative on Humboldt State Now.

What Kindle Titles Are Available?

The Library has purchased a selection of Kindle ebook titles, which support student learning outcomes and/or other campus initiatives and events. The titles selected to date include:

To access the complete list of available titles and check on the availability of one of the devices, enter the phrase “Kindle Fire” in the HSU Library Catalog.

Requesting a Kindle Title for Purchase

Members of the HSU community can submit an online request for an additional ebook title to be added to the Kindle, as long as it supports student learning outcomes and is available from Amazon in the Kindle format. On the request form, specify “Kindle” in the Edition box and select “Other” in the Format box, in addition to supplying the other required information.

Borrowing a Kindle and Loan Period

Kindles may be checked out from the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Library. They must be returned to a Library employee at the Circulation Desk - to avoid damaging the device, Kindles should not be placed in a book drop. Kindles may be checked out for 14 days, with a possible seven day renewal if no one else has requested to use it.

Fines, Replacement Fees & Refunds

A late fee of $5 per day, with a maximum of $25, will be assessed if a Kindle is returned past its due date. Any Kindle that is overdue more than five days will be declared lost and the borrower will be billed for the full replacement cost. Charges will be based on the cost of the Kindle and its accessories, plus fines and processing fees, as indicated below:

Kindle Fire (Amazon) $200.00
Kindle Fire Power Adapter (Amazon) $25.00
MicroShell Folio Cover (Marware) $30.00
Power Slingbag (Outdoor Products) $22.00
USB Cable $4.00
Processing Charge $15.00
Total Replacement Cost* $296.00
*Not including tax, shipping, and handling

If the Kindle and its accessories are returned within six months from the date of payment in "good working order," the item cost and processing fee may, at the discretion of the Library, be refunded. However, any fines that have been assessed will not be forgiven. The borrower is responsible for any damage done to the Kindle while it is checked out, and will be charged a fee based upon the extent of any damage, up to the cost of replacement. Also, the borrower will be charged the replacement fee if a Kindle is reported missing or stolen while checked out.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use the Library’s Kindle to access the HSU wireless network?

A: Yes. The Library Kindles are configured to access the campus network automatically, without further log-in on the part of the user. If you have problems connecting to the campus network, consult the Help Desk either by stopping by their office in Library 120, or calling them at (707) 826-4357 (HELP).

Note: When using a Library Kindle to access resources via the HSU wireless network, you are bound by the Guidelines for Responsible Computing at Humboldt State University (Appropriate Use Policy).

Q: I am interested in reading an ebook that is not currently available on the Library’s Kindle. Can I request that additional content be added to the device?

A: Yes. You can submit an online request for additional content as long as it supports HSU student learning outcomes and is available in Kindle format. On the form specify “Kindle” in the Edition box and select “Other” in the Format box, in addition to supplying the other required information.

Q: I would like to learn more about the operation of the Kindle Fire. Where can I go for additional information?

A: The Library staff can provide some basic information to help you get started, but, for more in-depth or technical questions, two excellent sources of information are:

  • The Kindle Fire User’s Guide, available in ebook format on the Kindle, or on the web.
  • The Kindle Fire support page on the Amazon website.

Q: I would like to borrow one of the Kindles, but they are always checked out. Can you notify me when one of the devices is available?

A: Yes, members of the University community can follow these steps to place a hold on the Kindle:

  • Access the Kindle record in the HSU Library Catalog, using a search of “Kindle Fire;”
  • Click on the Make a Request link on the Actions menu;
  • Log in using your HSU user name and password;
  • Select the Hold option on the Patron Request screen (the Recall option is not available for the Kindle);
  • On the Hold screen, select the Any Copy option and click the Submit button.

Once we receive your request, we will reserve one of the devices and notify you via email as soon as it becomes available. You will then have five days during which to retrieve it from the Circulation Desk.

Q: I am concerned that some of my private information might be retained on the Kindle and be accessible to other Library users or staff. What can I do to avoid sharing this information with others?

A: The Library is very concerned about maintaining your privacy as well. When a Kindle is returned to the Library, the device is immediately reset to the factory defaults, which removes all personal data, Amazon account information, downloaded content, and applications from the device.

Note: For security purposes, HSU Information Technology Services does, for a limited period of time, retain the names of people who have checked out a Library Kindle. ITS does not, however, collect any additional information as to how the device was used.

Q: Can I reset the Kindle to the factory defaults before I return it to the Library?

A: Yes, you can follow these steps to restore the factory defaults:

  • Click on the gear icon in the upper right hand corner of the home screen;
  • Select More... from the panel that opens at the top of the screen to access the Settings menu;
  • Scroll down the Settings to Device and touch the right arrow to open the Device settings;
  • Scroll down the Device screen and select Reset to Factory Defaults.

Note: The Kindle must have a battery charge of at least 40% in order to do a factory reset. Once you reset the Kindle, you will no longer have access to the Kindle ebooks provided by the Library. If you wish to have that content restored, you will need to bring the Kindle back to the HSU Library Circulation Desk, so that we can reregister the device to our Amazon account.

Q: Can I download content from my personal Amazon account onto the Library Kindle?

A: Yes. You can follow these steps to deregister the Kindle from the Library’s Amazon account and then register it with your own account:

  • Click on the gear icon in the upper right hand corner of the home screen;
  • Select More... from the panel that opens at the top of the screen to access the Settings menu;
  • Scroll down the Settings menu to My Account and touch the right arrow to open the account settings;
  • Select the Deregister button;
  • Once the device has been deregistered, select the Register button on the screen and sign in using your personal Amazon account.

Note: Once you deregistered the Kindle from the HSU Library’s Amazon account, you will no longer have access to the Kindle ebooks provided by the Library. If you wish to have access to that content restored, you will need to bring the Kindle back to the HSU Library Circulation Desk, so that we can reregister the device using our Amazon account.

Q: What happens to any personal content that I download onto a Library Kindle, for example, ebooks, music, videos, or other apps, once I return the device to the Library?

A: All personal content will be permanently deleted from the Library Kindle as soon as it is returned to the HSU Library Circulation Desk. If you wish to retain that content, you may need to make arrangements to move it to another computer or storage device prior to returning the Kindle to the Library.

Note: Ebooks purchased through your personal Amazon account should continue to be accessible through that account, using other computers or ebook readers that support the Kindle format. Consult the Amazon website for additional information.

Q: What happens if a Library Kindle is damaged, lost, or stolen while I have it checked out?

A: By signing the Humboldt State University Library Kindle Fire Borrowing Agreement and Usage Policy, you accepted responsibility for the safe return of the Kindle Fire and any included accessories. Should one or more of those components be damaged, lost, or stolen, you will be liable for the replacement costs.

Want more Information?

The Library staff can provide some basic information to help you get started. Stop by the Circulation Desk at any time or call (707) 826-3431.