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Library services: essentials

Library laptop loans

The library has around 90 laptops that are available for students to borrow for a one-week non-renewable loan. To use a laptop at home, you must first have logged in to it once while on campus. You can shut it down after that initial on-campus log-in. There are two self-service laptop lockers that allow you to borrow or return a laptop at any time the library is open. One locker is in the library foyer (floor 0A), and the other is in floor 0C. 

Terms and conditions

By borrowing a laptop you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • The laptop is loaned for one week only. If an extension is needed, the laptops should be returned and another borrowed. I undertake to return the laptop on time to ensure fair access for all Solent students. If I do not return the laptop on time, then I can be blocked from borrowing a laptop in future.
  • The laptop is loaned to me in my status as Solent University student or staff, and the loan is only valid for as long as I remain at Solent.
  • I am responsible for damage to or loss of the laptop during the period of my loan, and I can be asked to pay for a replacement if a laptop is not returned or badly damaged.

Software on Laptops

In general, our laptops have only a basic software suite installed on them, and it is not possible to install further software on them during the year. If there is particular demand for a piece of software, we can request that it is added the next time the laptops are re-built. The list below indicates what software you can expect to find on most of our laptops. As laptops can be built and re-imaged at different times, the software suite is not 100% consistent across all stock. If you need particular software, we recommend that you check for it on the laptop you have borrowed before leaving the library.

Software Notes
Adobe Acrobat DC
Adobe Creative Cloud Available from 0A (red) lockers only. Not full software suite, but simply app to connect to cloud.
Adobe Lightroom Classic
IBM SPSS Works on campus only.
Inspiration 9
MS Office Applications
NVivo 12
Python Versions 2.7 & 3.4 on 0C (white lockers), version 3.8 on 0A (red) lockers
Texthelp Read & Write  Version 11 on 0C (white) lockers, version 12 on 0A (red) lockers
VLC Media Player