Students can borrow a laptop to use within the Library from the self-service cabinets in Block B, Ground Floor (near the Library Café), and Block C, Floor 2.
How to borrow a laptop
Press Borrow on the screen on the cabinet and follow the instructions on the screen. You'll need your KentOne card to borrow a laptop.
- You are responsible for returning it safely, so don't leave it unattended.
- When you have finished with it, please return it straight away so it can be recharged for others to use.
- Report any issues to the IT & Library Support Desk (or the Welcome Desk when the Support Desk is closed).
- Look after yourself (follow these tips on using a laptop safely), and if you're working for a long time use a student PC instead as it's better for your body.
Returning a laptop
- You need to return it to the same cabinet/shelf as instructed on the screen. This is because not all the power cables are the same.
- Plug the power cable back in to check it back in against your account. If you want a paper receipt, press Print Receipt.
Frequently asked questions
What can I access?
What if I have technical problems?
Go to the IT & Library Support Desk if you have technical problems with a Library laptop.
What if I need to use a laptop outside the Library?
You cannot take the laptops out of the Library. Some academic departments may have laptops that can be borrowed for presentations - please ask in your department.
Can I install extra or departmental software?
No, you cannot install any extra software on the laptop.
I am a member of staff. Can I borrow a laptop?
No, the service is for students only.
- If you need a laptop and/or data projector to use in a teaching space, you can take out a day loan from Audio Visual Services.
- There are no laptops available centrally for long term loan - it's worth asking your department what provision they may offer.
Where should I store my files?
Either in a networked folder such as the Z: drive, or on a memory stick/removable storage device. Files left on the laptop may be wiped from the disk.
Conditions of use
- You are responsible for the laptop you've borrowed. If you lose it or it gets damaged, we'll ask you to pay for repair or replacement.
- Don't leave your laptop unattended or take it out of the Library. If you need to leave the Library when you've borrowed a laptop, you must return it.
- We can't guarantee the battery life of laptops: save your work regularly so you don't lose it if the power runs out.
- If you use a removable device (eg USB stick) in a laptop, check it for viruses next time you use it in another computer. We regularly update the anti-virus software on laptops, but we can't be responsible for viruses spreading to your device.
- You must follow the IT and Library regulations.