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Device Loan

The STAR Program and contract partners provide device loans which allow Minnesota residents with disabilities and older adults with functional needs the opportunity to try a device or software program before buying. We also loan out our devices to professionals looking to expand their understanding of a specific device in order better serve their clients. In fact, any resident of Minnesota who is looking to expand their knowledge of assistive technology personally, professionally or on behalf of a loved one can borrow from us.

Assistive Technology loans give consumers the opportunity to:

  • Try a device in their environment.
  • Collect data showing that the device meets the consumer's needs to justify a funding request.
  • Use as a short-term loaner while a personal device is being repaired.
  • Understand training and support needs associated with device or software.
  • Make an informed purchasing decision.

How to Borrow a Device

Identify the assistive technology that you would like to borrow OR identify the challenges that you are facing, such as difficulty seeing printed text, unable to hear the TV, or remembering to take medication. Don’t worry if you don’t know what you need, we are here to help. Contact STAR, one of our partners below or browse our online lending library at MN AT4ALL.

Types of Loans

Short Term Loans

Short-term device loans are for 45-days or less and allow consumers to try a device or software program before buying. Short-term device loans may also be used while a borrower’s device is being repaired or while waiting for delivery of a newly purchased item. STAR does limit the number of devices which can be requested at one time, this allows consumers to focus on trying out a specific technology and seeing its impacts.

Open-Ended Loans

Open-ended device loans provide previously used equipment to Minnesotans who otherwise would not have access to assistive technology. These are long-term loans, which do not have a set return date and are helpful when the borrower needs a device for more than 45-days. Once the borrower no longer needs the device, it must be returned to the loan program. We have a very limited number of Open-Ended devices available. Please ask if we have something that will meet your needs.

There is no cost to borrow equipment from the MN STAR Program or our partners! You can schedule a time to pick up the equipment or we can ship the device at no cost to the borrower. The borrower is responsible for returning the item back to the program they borrowed it from at the end of the six-week period by scheduling an appointment to return the device or by paying to ship the equipment back to the program.

See our library online!

Check out our online lending library at MN AT4ALL where you can see many of the devices hosted by STAR and our partners. You can check out a loan online and a staff member will reach out regarding next steps.

STAR Partners

ALS Association

Provides open-ended loans
1919 University Ave W Suite 175
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Minnesotans diagnosed with ALS may request a demonstration by calling 612-672-0484.

ConnectAbility of MN

2901 3rd Street, South
Waite Park, MN 56387

Lighthouse Center for Vital Living

Provides short-term and open-ended loans
309 W. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
218-624-4479 (Fax)

Minnesota STAR Program

Provides short-term and open-ended loans
Administration Building
50 Sherburne Avenue, Suite G10
Saint Paul, MN 55155

North Dakota Assistive

Provides short-term and open-ended loans
3240 15th Street South, Suite B
Fargo, ND 58104

PACER Center - Simon Technology Center

Provides short-term loans
8161 Normandale Blvd 
Minneapolis, MN 55437
952-838-0190 (TTY)

Regional Assistive Technology Center

Provides short-term and open-ended loans
1104 7th Ave. S
Murray Hall, Moorhead State University
Moorhead, MN 56563

Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL)

Provides short-term loans
2200 Second Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902

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