We have computer rooms at each of our campuses:
During vacation opening hours, these areas close fifteen minutes before the library services counter - check the counter opening hours on our library pages.
Computer rooms on your campus offer a variety of popular software packages, as well as specialist software for the subjects taught there.
All PC lab machines run Windows 10 as standard and, in addition, most University applications are made available via the AppsAnywhere portal.
The AppsAnywhere portal will launch when you log in to a PC in one of our learning spaces - you'll just need to:
- Log in with your normal University credentials and a list of applications will be displayed.
- Hover over the application you want, click 'launch' and this will start the Cloudpaging Player.
- In the Cloudpaging Player, select the application and click 'launch'.
For full instructions, download the AppsAnywhere guide:
Assistive technology and equipment
All networked PCs at the University have the software listed below.
- JAWS v.13 – Developed for blind and partially sighted people, JAWS reads aloud what is on the computer screen. For user guides visit the Jaws website.
- Mind View v.6 – ‘Mind mapping’ software and can help you organise your thoughts and plan your assignments. This can be useful to all students, but particularly to those with dyslexia.
- TextHelp Read and Write 10 – Offers reading and writing support, including text to speech, phonetic spell checker and word prediction, as well as the ability to change the colour/contrast of the screen.
- Windows Narrator – A lightweight screen reader.
- Microsoft Magnifier – An onscreen magnifier.
- Sensus Access – Allows you to convert file formats (eg a Word document to an audio file) and is available via the Learning Resources tab in Blackboard.
Software on dedicated computers
Password-protected, dedicated PCs are available on each campus, at the following locations:
- Cavendish - 3rd floor and 5th floor group study spaces
- Harrow – 1st floor
- Regent – 1st floor group study space and B4 silent study space
- Marylebone – 1st floor
These PCs have the following software installed on them.
- Zoomtext v.9.1 – A screen magnifier designed for people with visual impairments. You can magnify a whole screen or move a magnifying ‘square’ around the screen. Find out more about this on the Zoomtext website.
- Abbyy Fine Reader v.10 – Abbyy Fine Reader is OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. Use it to create editable and searchable electronic files from scanned paper documents, PDFs and digital photographs. You can find out more on the Abbyy Fine Reader website.
Each library provides access to height-adjustable tables.
Please note that the library cannot guarantee specific study space for students with disabilities outside the assistive technology machines that are provided in each library. Please get in touch with your disability adviser if you have any queries or problems around your use of the library study space.
Problems with software or IT equipment?
If you have any problems related to software or equipment, you can log a ticket with the IT Service Desk or give them a call on 020 7915 5488.
You can book group study rooms at our libraries at Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent Campuses using the booking service available through Timetabling.
Rooms can be booked for the current week and a week in advance.
Each study group:
- should consist of at least 3 people
- can book a room for up to 2 hours a day
- can book for a maximum of 4 hours a week
Please note that if your booked room is not in use within 15 minutes of your booked time, it will become available to other students. If you no longer need a room, make sure you log in to the system and cancel your booking.
Find out more about booking rooms by downloading our Room bookings guide:
Harrow Library has two rooms on the first floor that you can use for group study, and you don't need to book them in advance.