University of Wisconsin–Madison


The LSS InfoLab (464 Van Hise Hall) is a computer lab and a place where students, faculty and staff can check out laptops, video cameras, audio recorders, and other equipment. It contains 45 dual boot Mac computers, two scanners, a black and white laser printer, and a color laser printer. See a current list of software available in the InfoLab.

Printing is available with WisCard only. You can bring in your own laptop to print a document.  There are instructions to print wirelessly from your laptop in the LSS InfoLab.

Equipment for checkout:

The LSS InfoLab participates in the Equipment Checkout program, which provides a variety of equipment for checkout. More information about the equipment loaning program and equipment availability across campus is found at Items available include:

  • MacBook Air laptops
  • Dell Latitude laptops
  • Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapters (for connecting MacBook Airs to classroom projectors)
  • Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapters (for connecting MacBook Airs to external displays)
  • 2 videocameras (Canon Vixia HF R80)
  • 2 handheld audio recorders (Zoom H2)
  • 2 DVD Drives (regions 1 and 2)
  • 1 large tripods (for use with the videocameras)

Software support:

Our lab attendants do not receive special training on the software in the lab. However, feel free to ask them for assistance – if they can help, they will. You should also check the FAQ page, and the help files included with the software. For other questions, or to obtain the tips or handout material in an alternate format than provided on this web site, contact the individuals below.

Other InfoLabs:

More information about the InfoLab network of computers labs, software/hardware availability, and contact information for other InfoLabs can be found at

  • Hours

    The LSS InfoLab opens for the semester on September 6.

    Regular InfoLab hours: 8:30am – 6pm, Monday – Friday

  • Equipment for checkout

    The Equipment Checkout System website can show you availability of equipment in any InfoLab, due dates for all equipment (when you log in with your NetID), checkout policies and an FAQ.

    Each student is limited to 20 laptop checkouts per semester.  Research shows that this affects about 1% of the users, but makes significantly more laptops available. If you wish to have a laptop for the entire semester, DoIT has a variety of laptops available for daily, weekly, monthly and semester-long rental at very reasonable prices.

  • Checkout Policies
    1. InfoLab equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with the exception of College Library, which maintains a limited supply of equipment available via reservation. Visit the Checkout FAQ for information about College Library’s reservation policy.
    2. Equipment can not be renewed. You can however, check out a different piece of the same equipment if one is available. For example: You return a laptop. You can check out a different laptop if there is one available, but you are not allowed to renew the original laptop.
    3. You may not check out identical types of equipment from two different InfoLabs at the same time. For example, you can’t check out a laptop at College and at LSS at the same time.
    4. You must present two forms of ID at the time of checkout. One form must be your UW ID.
  • Return Policies
    1. All equipment must be returned to the Infolab that it was checked out from.
    2. The late fee for equipment is $20/day. Other fees, registrar holds, and legal action may result.
    3. You may be held responsible for the replacement or cost of damaged or lost equipment.
    4. If a laptop or any of its components is not returned, it will be considered theft of University property and a police investigation will be initiated.
    5. Violations of the above policies will be grounds to refuse future service.

    Policies are also available at the Equipment Checkout System website.

  • Loan Periods

    The external hard drives are available for four-week checkout.  All other items are available for 3-day checkout, according to the following schedule:

    • Check out on Monday -> Return by Thursday at 6:00 pm
    • Check out on Tuesday -> Return by Friday at 6:00 pm
    • Checkout on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday -> Return by Monday at 6:00 pm

    When returning equipment, allow about 5 minutes for the lab attendant to check the equipment and check the equipment into the system.  All items are due back one hour before the lab closes on the date due.

    The Van Hise lab closes at 6:00 PM Monday-Friday. Note that the lab hours vary during breaks and finals week. Please check the LSS home page for current information.

  • InfoLab Computing FAQ
  • Contact Us

    Questions or comments about the LSS InfoLab can be addressed to The phone number for the LSS InfoLab is 262-4575. This number will reach the lab attendant working in the InfoLab.