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Loans and borrowing: Laptops

The Loans service remains a primary Library service, with over a million items you can borrow.

    Where can I borrow a laptop? 

To borrow a laptop for use around campus or at home for up to one week you'll need your student ID card to borrow and return. 

Laptop lockers are currently located:

Check laptop availability here. 

By borrowing a laptop you are agreeing to the user declaration.

  • To borrow a laptop you will need your student ID card, your digital card won't work. 
  • At library locations, chargers and bags can be borrowed through the Library Help desks.
  • At Avenue campus, each locker will have a laptop and charger. 
  • If you have a block on your library account you will be unable to borrow a laptop. Please see the help desk for advice. 
  • Accessible reach laptops are available at both Hartley and the Health Services Library.

Using a laptop off campus. 

  • Before you take the laptop off campus, follow this step to enable you to use the laptop at home: login with your university username and password whilst connecting to Soton wifi on campus. 
  • Need advice on how to access the University remotely?  IT Help have a page called Away from campus to help you get started.

Can I renew a laptop? 

  • Your laptop, bag and charger are not renewable - you will need to return these at the end of 7 days. 
  • If you still need a laptop after 7 days, you will be able to take out a different laptop for a further week. 

Returning a laptop

  • Please return your laptop to the same location and laptop locker you borrowed it from.   
  • When returning the laptop to its locker, remember to plug the laptop into the cable in the locker to remove the loan from your account.
  • Library locations: return your laptop bag and charger to the help desk.
  • Avenue campus, return both the laptop and the charger to the laptop locker 

If you would like support with borrowing, returning or just have a question 

Have an IT problem with a laptop you've borrowed? 

  • In person: visit a Tech Hub, the Hub in Hartltey Library is open Monday - Friday 09:00-17:00.  view other Hub locations 
  • Online help: Contact IT Service Desk  to report an issue with the laptop.   

Laptop top tips

  • Remember to save your work regularly either to ‘file store’ or to a personal storage device (USB).  Work saved locally will be deleted when the laptop reboots.

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