At our Harrow Campus, we have the following computer rooms:
- Ground floor: study area with Library Search machines
- First floor: Study Areas; Open-access computers - both MACs and PCs available in separate areas; also one training room with Projector, AV computer and PCs.
- Second floor: Silent study area, with both Mac and PC's available in separate areas.
The computer rooms are generally open from 9am – 9pm. The library area is open until 11pm, and 24/7 during busy periods.
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:
The following specialist software is available in rooms M2.06 and M2.12.
- Burli - newsroom software
- Sadie - digital multitrack audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering software
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 at our Harrow Campus on the 1st Floor study area. They have the following software:
- 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.
Problems related to IT software or equipment should be reported through the Service Desk on 020 7915 5488 or online on the Service Desk.
Each library provides access to height-adjustable tables.
The library cannot guarantee specific study space for students with disabilities outside the assistive technology machines that are provided in each library. Please refer to your disability adviser with any issues 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.