Student using a laptop in the library

Borrowing laptops

One of the benefits being introduced for students, as a result of the Campus Central project is a new facility, which enables students to borrow a laptop for free.

Four-hour loans

If you are studying in the Library or need a device to use in a class, you can use your student card to borrow a laptop from the Library for 4 hours. You borrow these from the laptop loans cabinets which are within the study area of Level 2. There are 2 lockers:  one near the Library entrance and one a bit further along the floor near the study tables. These laptops are not issued with a power supply so you will need to return them within the 4 hour period. If you are still studying in the library you can return one laptop and borrow another one.

Laptops are provided fully charged for use and can be taken into one of the many additional study places out with the library, located across the campus. Laptops are not issued with a charger or bag. This is a free service, however, fines will be incurred for late returns. You must have your student card in order to borrow a laptop.  Scroll down to see a video guide to borrowing a laptop.

When you return a laptop, remember to plug-in the power cable ensuring that the light outside the locker turns red.  If the light doesn’t turn red the laptop will still be issued to you and you may incur fines. Contact the Information Centre if you need any help.

Digital poverty laptop loans

You can apply for a laptop via the digital poverty scheme. These devices are usually loaned to you for 1 academic year at a time (up to end May of current academic year). This page will give more information about the scheme and how to apply

See our FAQ for further information.

Step-by-step instructions on how to borrow and return a laptop

How to borrow a laptop

  • Select "borrow" on touchscreen
  • Place card on contactless area to authenticate
  • Accept terms and conditions (listed below)
  • Locker number is displayed on screen, and corresponding locker light flashes
  • Place card on appropriate column contactless area to open locker
  • Take laptop and close door, ensuring charging cable is safely inside locker

How to return a laptop

  • Select "return" on the touchscreen
  • Place card on contactless area to authenticate
  • Locker number is displayed on screen, and corresponding locker light flashes
  • Place laptop inside the locker, connect charging cable, and ensure door is securely closed (please note, failure to complete this step in full will result in the item remaining on your account). You will know when the laptop has been returned by the light outside the locker turning red.
  • If you want a return receipt, press the option on the touchscreen

Terms and conditions:

  • Please do not store any of your data on the laptop as we cannot guarantee that it will be saved. All data should be saved to OneDrive
  • You are fully responsible for the borrowed laptop and any loss or damage incurred. There may be charges for repair or replacement of hardware, up to £760.
  • You should contact the Information Centre immediately, should you notice any damage to a laptop
  • Laptops may be borrowed for up to four hours, and must be returned by the specified loan time
  • If a laptop is not returned by the due time your borrowing rights may be suspended and you may incur fines.
  • You may only borrow one laptop at a time