Have you ever forgotten to charge your smartphone or tablet the night before and wound up on campus with a device that has about 10% battery life left? York University Libraries is currently running a pilot project to help make sure that York students, faculty, and staff can charge their devices on campus!

Meet Your Smartphone & Tablet’s New Best Friend – FoneSaver!

You can now borrow a FoneSaver charger at the Bronfman Business Library. Just go to the circulation desk and ask for a smartphone or tablet-charging device.

Library staff will ask you for your library card and in return you’ll get the following device. It’s about the size of a smartphone and comes with a built-in Micro USB cable and a Lightning cable. It also has an on/off button that can be lightly pressed to turn the device on or off:


The Micro USB cable can charge the following smartphone and tablet devices:

  • Android
  • Blackberry

The Lightning cable can charge the following smartphone and tablet devices:

  • iPhone 5 & 6
  • iPads

Don’t despair if you have an iPhone 4!  You can borrow a small 8-pin attachment:


When the blue light comes on, you know the device is charging.


How Long Does it Take to Charge a Device?

The amount of time it takes for a device to be charged varies depending on the device’s make and model, whether or not the device is being used while it’s attached to a FoneSaver charger, and the device’s battery capacity. However, it typically takes about 40 minutes for a FoneSaver to fully charge an iPhone 5.

Borrowing Information

FoneSaver charging devices can be borrowed for 4 hours and taken outside of the library.

However, they cannot be borrowed overnight. So if you borrow a FoneSaver charger 2 hours before the library closes, you’ll only be able to borrow it for 2 hours instead of 4.

If you return your FoneSaver charger late, you’ll be charged $3 for every hour that it’s late.

We want your feedback!

Since this program is in the pilot stage, we’re looking for feedback from students, faculty, and staff who use the chargers. Please fill out the following survey and let us know what your experience is like with FoneSaver!