You get a condom! You get a calculator! You get a camera! – The Lafayette

If the best things in life are free, then costumes and subscriptions are among the best. We at The Lafayette have compiled a brief list of free materials and resources available to students on campus.

Media subscriptions: Unbeknownst to many Lafayette students, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal are freely available.

To access The New York Times, students can go to to create an account using their Lafayette email.

For The Washington Post, students can access any article using a proxy website which can be found by searching for “Washington Post” on

Finally, students can go to the research tools on the library website and find the Review tab to access all the articles.

Adobe and Microsoft products: Whether you need Photoshop or Powerpoint, Lafayette offers subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft 365 services. Students can access Adobe applications such as Photoshop, Acrobat, and Lightroom by visiting Information about accessing Microsoft 365 services, including Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, is available at

Reproductive health services: For anyone who may need a gynecological consultation or various forms of contraception, Bailey’s Health Center has you covered. They provide plenty gynecological services every Monday by appointment and offer pap smears, STD tests, birth control prescriptions and Plan B pills. Free condoms are also available for students to take on their own.

Professional clothing: You have an interview to come but you find yourself without the expected professional attire? The Gateway Career Center offers free professional clothing that students can borrow through their Career Closet. Visit Hogg Hall to access the closet for your next interview.

Scientific calculators: Students taking STEM courses no longer need to buy expensive IT calculators. Last semester, the Student Government Academic Affairs Committee partnered with the Skillman Library to begin providing free scientific calculators.

“Although Skillman has offered so much during my time here, I was surprised that borrowing calculators was not an option, so our team and the Skillman Library worked to purchase many calculators,” said Olivia Lattanzi’ 23, director of the student government’s academic affairs committee. .

Students can contact the library to request a calculator.

Technology Loans: For those who may not have full-time access to the technology they need, Tradesman’s Library has ways for students to borrow film and photography equipment as well as laptops for short periods. Cameras, camcorders, projectors, microphones, hard drives and headphones can be borrowed from the Skillman loan desk; students can borrow them for between two hours and two days. Laptops can also be loaned for up to three hours.

Books: Although students may know that they can borrow physical books from the library, they may not know that they can also borrow e-books through the Libby and Overdrive apps. Additionally, students can request books that are not available at the library by completing the purchase recommendation form at emailing Director of Research and Teaching Services Terese Heidenwolf or by using the “recommend” button on OverDrive.

“We’re here to help, and that’s what we love doing the most. If we don’t have a particular thing they need, we’re happy to buy materials for students to make life easier for them,” Heidenwolf said. “A lot of students tend not to realize this, but we’re always happy to get recommendations and help.”

Emma Chen ’24, Shirley Liu ’23 and Trebor Maitin ’24 contributed reporting.

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