This article provides information regarding IT facilities available in the Library. 

A wide range of computing facilities are available within the Library building. IT support staff from Information Services can be found at the Support Services Desk on the ground floor.

This section focuses on the hardware availability and usage. For information about accounts and passwords please look at our using online resources pages.

It is also worth checking the troubleshooting problems pages if you run into difficulties, in particular the known problems page which will alert you to incidents or planned service outages.

Using your laptop

Library users are welcome to use their own laptops in the Library. You may plug the laptop into a mains connection provided that you do not unplug any equipment in order to do so; please be careful that your cables are not hazardous and show consideration to other users. You must not attempt to establish a physical connection to the University network; if you want to access the network or connect to the Internet, you will need to set up your machine to enable access to the University's wireless network.

The University is part of the Eduroam Community which allows members to connect to wireless when visiting other participating institutions.

Library visitors who do not use Eduroam can use the guest Wi-Fi service which is advertised on devices as UoP GUEST.

Open access PCs

There are PCs available on each floor of the library which you can use with your normal University login. They are configured with the standard student software portfolio and connected to printers in the Library.

Self-service laptops for loan

You can borrow a University laptop with Microsoft Office software, internet browser and printers installed, for up to 12 hours. You can find the laptops in the following locations:

  • Library Ground Floor
  • Richmond Building Floors One and Two
  • Portland Building Open Access Ground Floor

Should you require any assistance with the laptops, please visit the Support Services desk, situated on the Ground Floor in the University Library building, or call the Service Desk on +44 (0)23 9284 7777.

Printing in the Library

Colour and black and white printers are located on the ground floor of the Library (A4 and A3). Large format printers are also available at the same location.

Printing is a chargeable service, but you are given a £10 printing credit at the start of the academic year, which you can top up as and when necessary.


For the location of scanner please ask at the Support Services desk. Scanning is free of charge.

Scanners on the ground floor are not connected to a workstation - these are standalone devices which can save a scanned document to a memory stick as either .jpg or .pdf files. These scanners will also let you email the scanned item.

Large Format Scanning

A large format scanning Service is based in the Map Library on the first floor of the Library and enables you to obtain professional quality scans of original material. Originals will usually be scanned at 300 dpi in 24-bit colour and saved as a JPEG. Scans can be made at other resolutions and saved in other formats, including TIFF. The service is fully managed by library staff, so just bring your material to be scanned and a USB flash memory on which to save the file.

Contex CRYSTAL XL 42 scanner details:

  • Optical resolution: 508 dpi
  • Maximum resolution: 800dpi
  • Maximum width of media: 44" (1118 mm)
  • Scan width: 42" (1067 mm)
  • Scan length: Not limited by scanner.

Unlike A4 and A3 formats, large format scanning is a chargeable service, deductable from your printing account. Please check that you have sufficient credit in your printing account before using the service.

Scan to file tariff

£2 per scan, regardless of size, resolution or scan mode

University staff should provide an appropriate cost code.

All scanning must comply with copyright law

For more information visit the Library website 


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