Hiking Over the Holiday Weekend?

The library has nine small hand-held GPS Devices available for check-out by current students, faculty, and staff.

These Garmin eTrex Venture HC GPS units each come with a fabric case and attached strap, a Quick Start Guide, a more detailed Owner’s Manual, a Tips Sheet, and a USB cable for connecting the GPS device to a computer.

NOTE:  We will soon have information about free software that can be downloaded to a computer from the internet to enable that computer to recognize and connect to the proprietary Garmin software on these GPS devices. Routes located and maps created by the units can then be imported into Google Earth and saved on a computer. As soon as we have it, we will make that information available with each GPS unit at time of check-out.

Check-Out Terms: 

  • The check-out period for Students = 1 week; Faculty & Staff = 2 weeks.
  • Each GPS unit requires 2 AA batteries to operate; the user (student/faculty/staff) must provide the batteries.
  • Each GPS unit must be returned in person at the end of the check-out term.  If there is no waiting list, it may be possible to check the unit out again. Renewals are not available by phone or email.
  • If a unit is lost, destroyed, or returned significantly impaired, the replacement cost is $200.  Replacement costs for individual accessories will be assessed as well. These GPS devices are for use outdoors, while camping, fishing or hiking, or during any kind of field work, and for scouting, tracking and recording routes to off-road destinations. But they are not indestructible.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 540-857-6941 or 540-857-6332.